Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Giveaway - If We Had Known - Elise Juska

Elise Juska's new novel, If We Had Known, releases on April 17th and I have a copy to giveaway to one lucky reader!

From Grand Central Publishing:

"A literary tour de force from the acclaimed author of The Blessings-a riveting new novel about one of the most urgent crises of our time.

One August afternoon, as single mother Maggie Daley prepares to send her only child off to college, their world is shattered by news of a mass shooting at the local mall in rural Maine. As reports and updates about the tragedy begin to roll in, Maggie, an English professor, is further stunned to learn that the gunman had been a student of hers. Nathan Dugan was an awkward, complicated young man whose quiet presence in her classroom had faded from her memory-but not, it seems, the memories of his classmates.

When a viral blog post hints at the existence of a dark, violence-tinged essay Nathan had written during Maggie’s freshman comp seminar, Maggie soon finds herself at the center of a heated national controversy. Could the overlooked essay have offered critical red flags that might have warned of, or even prevented, the murders to come? As the media storm grows around her, Maggie makes a series of desperate choices that threaten to destroy not just the personal and professional lives she’s worked so hard to build, but-more important-the happiness and safety of her sensitive daughter, Anna.

Engrossing and provocative, combining sharp plot twists with Juska’s award-winning, trademark literary sophistication, If We Had Known is at once an unforgettable mother-daughter journey, an exquisite portrait of a community in turmoil, and a harrowing examination of ethical and moral responsibility in a dangerously interconnected digital world." Read an excerpt of If We Had Known.

"Elise Juska‘s fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Ploughshares, Gettysburg Review, The Missouri Review, Good Housekeeping, The Hudson Review, and many other publications. She is the recipient of the Alice Hoffman Prize for Fiction from Ploughshares and her work has been cited in The Best American Short Stories. She lives in Philadelphia, where she is the director of the undergraduate creative writing program at the University of the Arts." You can connect with Elise Juska on her website and follow her on Twitter.

If you'd like to read If We Had Known, enter for a chance to win a copy using the Rafflecopter form below. Open to US and Canada, no PO boxes please. Ends April 21/18.

11 comments:

skkorman said...

I would love to read this timely book—thanks for the opportunity to win a copy.

skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

KAS said...

I have heard this author acclaimed as a rising literary star. The storyline is not particularly compelling to me, but I would be grateful indeed for the opportunity to read her latest fiction! Thank you, Luanne. Best wishes to you, Kara S

traveler said...

Thanks for this compelling novel which I would enjoy.

Grandma Cootie said...

This is so timely and sounds so intense. Thanks for the chance to win.

Laura Fabiani said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

bermudaonion said...

Thanks for another great giveaway!

John Smith said...

The people who need to read this are probably too busy shouting "fake news!"

amanda whitley said...

I would love to read this. So relevant to today's world sadly :/

Sandra said...

This book sounds great! Thanks for the giveaway.

rhonda said...

Sounds perfect for me thanks��

Kelly Blackwell said...

OH my word! Sounds like a complete nail biter. And I know this may sound silly, but I love reading stories that take place in states I lived in. Thanks for the chance to win!