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July 5, 2012 / Leslie

Spotlight & Giveaway – This Bright River by Patrick Somerville

Thanks to the publisher, Little, Brown & Company, I have three copies of This Bright River to give away to my readers in the US and Canada.

I haven’t had a chance to read the book yet but I am excited to discover a Chicago author and a Midwestern setting and am looking forward to reading it soon. Following is a little information about the book and the author.

This Bright River by Patrick SomervilleThis Bright River
by Patrick Somerville

Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Publish Date: June 26, 2012
Format: Hardcover | 464 pages

About the Book

From the publisher: Lauren Sheehan’s career in medicine came to a halt after a chain of violent events abroad. Now she’s back in the safest place she knows-St. Helens, Wisconsin-cut off from career, friendship, and romance.

Ben Hanson’s aimless young life has bottomed out after a series of bad decisions, but a surprising offer from his father draws him home for what looks like his final second chance. In Wisconsin, he finds his family fractured, still unable to face the truth behind his troubled cousin’s death a decade earlier.

As Lauren cautiously expands her horizons and Ben wrestles with his regrets and mistakes, their paths intersect. Could each be exactly what the other needs? Or the last thing in the world either one can handle?

The weight of secrets, the price of success, and the cost of love all linger at the heart of this surprising, unsettling, deeply satisfying novel. Rich with the dark humor and piercing intelligence that made The Cradle so beloved, This Bright River confirms Somerville’s status as one of the most engaging and daring young writers at work today.

About the Author

Patrick Somerville grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin, attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and later earned his MFA from Cornell University. He is the author of the story collections Trouble and The Universe in Miniature in Miniature, and the novel The Cradle. He lives with his wife and son in Chicago, where he teaches creative writing at Northwestern University.

Giveaway Information

  • Contest is open to those with an address in the US or Canada.
  • To enter fill out the form below. For an extra entry, tweet or blog the giveaway.
  • The deadline for entry is Wednesday, July 18th. I will draw three random winners who will be contacted by email and will have 48 hours to respond with a mailing address. One winner per household.

[Contest has ended]

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  1. Leeswammes / Jul 5 2012 8:09 am

    I read and enjoyed this book. Did you see my review? I hope you get to read it soon. I’m betting you’ll like it even better than I did.


    • Leslie / Jul 6 2012 11:41 am

      Yes, I saw your review or I would have suggested this for your challenge for Wisconsin.


  2. Suko / Jul 5 2012 12:44 pm

    Leslie, I’ll post this giveaway in my blog’s sidebar. Thank you for hosting this.


  3. WordsAndPeace / Jul 11 2012 12:37 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway! Curious to try a Chicago author, as I live nearby!


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