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January 24, 2014 / Leslie

Feature & Giveaway: The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness

Today I have a special giveaway. Thanks to the publicist at Penguin Press, I have an extra advance copy of Patrick Ness’ newly released adult fiction novel, The Crane Wife, to give away to one of my readers. Don’t you just love that cover!

I’m about halfway through the book and am enjoying the writing, the romance, the fantasy and the intertwined tales of mythology and real life.


A magical novel based on a Japanese folk tale that imagines how the life of a broken-hearted man is transformed when he rescues an injured white crane that has landed in his backyard.

Click for excerpt: The Crane WifeGeorge Duncan is an American living and working in London. At forty-eight, he owns a small print shop, is divorced, and is lonelier than he realizes. All of the women with whom he has relationships eventually leave him for being too nice. But one night he is waked by an astonishing sound—a terrific keening, which is coming from somewhere in his garden. When he investigates he finds a great white crane, a bird taller than himself. It has been shot through the wing with an arrow. Moved more than he can say, George struggles to take out the arrow from the bird’s wing, saving its life before it flies away into the night sky.

The next morning, a shaken George tries to go about his daily life, retreating to the back of his store and making cuttings from discarded books—a harmless personal hobby—when a woman walks through the front door of the shop. Her name is Kumiko, and she asks George to help her with her own artwork. George is dumbstruck by her beauty and her enigmatic nature and begins to fall desperately in love with her. She seems to hold the potential to change his entire life, if he could only get her to reveal the secret of who she is and why she has brought her artwork to him.

The Penguin Press • January 23, 2014 • 320 pages • ISBN: 9781594205477

About the Author

Born in Virginia and raised in Hawaii and Washington state, PATRICK NESS is the author of seven novels and a short story collection. He has won the Carnegie Medal twice, the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize and the Costa Children’s Book Award. In 2012 his bestselling novel A Monster Calls became the first ever to win both the Kate Greenaway and Carnegie Medals. His books are published in more than twenty languages. He lives in London.

Giveaway Information

To enter you need a US mailing address. One entry per person or address. Fill out the form below on or before Saturday, February 8, 2014. I will draw a random winner who will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond with a mailing address. Upon conclusion of the giveaway all personal information will be deleted.

[Giveaway has ended]

Winner: Jennifer @ The Relentless Reader

Source: Review and giveaway copy provided by The Penguin Press
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  1. cleopatralovesbooks / Jan 24 2014 1:15 pm

    I wish I lived in the US now 😦 Sounds like a great read.


  2. BermudaOnion / Jan 24 2014 4:41 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway!


  3. klweston1984 / Jan 24 2014 6:34 pm

    It’s a shame I live in the UK! This sounds like a fabulous book that I definitely will read at some point. Cheers for blogging about it!


  4. Jennifer @ The Relentless Reader / Jan 24 2014 8:11 pm

    I’ve been eyeing this book up 😉 Isn’t the cover glorious?? Thanks for the giveaway!


  5. Karen B / Jan 25 2014 9:28 am

    Love the cover! A great change of pace book from what I’ve been reading lately – thanks!


  6. stacybuckeye / Jan 26 2014 9:00 pm

    Great giveaway. I love the cover!


  7. Suko / Jan 27 2014 1:14 pm

    Leslie, thanks for hosting this terrific giveaway. I will add it to my blog’s sidebar! 🙂


  8. Bonnie @ For the Love of Words / Feb 6 2014 1:40 pm

    I adore Patrick Ness, his books have never failed to disappoint. This one sounds just as good!



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