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April 22, 2014 / Leslie

Spotlight & Giveaway: Monday, Monday by Elizabeth Crook

About the Book

Monday Monday by Elizabeth Crook Monday, Monday: A Novel
by Elizabeth Crook
Publisher: Sarah Crichton Books
Publish Date: April 29, 2014
Format: Hardcover | 352 pages

On an oppressively hot Monday in August of 1966, a student and former marine named Charles Whitman hauled a footlocker of guns to the top of the University of Texas tower and began firing on pedestrians below. Before it was over, sixteen people had been killed and thirty-two wounded. It was the first mass shooting of civilians on a campus in American history.

Monday, Monday follows three students caught up in the massacre: Shelly, who leaves her math class and walks directly into the path of the bullets, and two cousins, Wyatt and Jack, who heroically rush from their classrooms to help the victims. On this searing day, a relationship begins that will eventually entangle these three young people in a forbidden love affair, an illicit pregnancy, and a vow of secrecy that will span forty years. Reunited decades after the tragedy, they will be forced to confront the event that changed their lives and that has silently and persistently ruled the lives of their children.

With electrifying storytelling and the powerful sense of destiny found in Ann Patchett’s Bel Canto, and with the epic sweep of Jess Walter’s Beautiful Ruins, Elizabeth Crook’s Monday, Monday explores the ways in which we sustain ourselves and each other when the unthinkable happens. At its core, it is the story of a woman determined to make peace with herself, with the people she loves, and with a history that will not let her go. A humane treatment of a national tragedy, it marks a generous and thrilling new direction for a gifted American writer.

First Chapter, First Paragraph

Shelly stared at the graph of imaginary numbers on the chalkboard, confounding figures represented by the letter i and less relevant to her life than fairies from her childhood or the vanishing rabbit in the magic show at the Student Union last week. The professor had the face of a cherub and arms too long for his squattish body, and was marking on the chalkboard as he spoke. “The square root of minus four,” he said, slashing the numbers onto the board, a ring of sweat under his arm, “is two i. Two i squared is negative four. That’s two times two is four—times i times i, which is negative one…” [1st chapter excerpt]

What do you think? Would you keep reading?

Win a Copy

Thanks to the publicist, I have one copy of Monday, Monday to give away to a reader with a US mailing address. To enter, leave a comment on or before midnight, May 3, 2014. For an extra entry tweet or blog the giveaway and include the link. I will draw a random winner who will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond.

About the Author

Elizabeth Crook, author of Monday, Monday: A Novel, is the author of three novels, The Raven’s Bride, Promised Lands, and The Night Journal. She has written for anthologies and periodicals, including Texas Monthly and the Southwestern Historical Quarterly, and has served on the council of the Texas Institute of Letters. Currently she is a member of the board of directors of the Texas Book Festival. She lives in Austin with her husband and two children.

Connect with Elizabeth: Facebook | Webpage

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  1. cleopatralovesbooks / Apr 22 2014 1:46 am

    I would definitely keep reading although I now have the song ‘I don’t Like Mondays’ by The Boomtown Rats stuck in my head!


  2. Peggy @ The Pegster reads / Apr 22 2014 3:09 am

    Same here, I now keep humming ‘I don’t like Mondays’ :). Very interesting topic and I would continue reading.


  3. Juli @ Universe in Words / Apr 22 2014 5:40 am

    I hope that the book doesn’t just use something as tragic as a school shooting to start off the stereotypical romance plot, but thankfully it sounds like it is showing the consequences something like that has on a normal life! Thanks for hosting and for sharing 🙂 I hope you have a great week!
    My post
    Juli @ Universe in Words


  4. lakesidemusing / Apr 22 2014 6:22 am

    Interesting topic, but I’d need to read a little more before deciding. Hope you enjoy it!


  5. Kim@Time2Read / Apr 22 2014 7:02 am

    I’d keep reading…at least for awhile.
    This week I am spotlighting Up At Butternut Lake by Mary McNear.


  6. Sarah @ Sarah's Book Shelves / Apr 22 2014 7:13 am

    This sounds SO good! Is it nonfiction – or fiction based on a true crime? I’m adding it to my TBR list.

    Here’s Mine:


    • Leslie / Apr 22 2014 8:13 am

      It’s historical fiction. The shooting at the University of Texas really happened but the story and the characters are fiction.


  7. Beth F / Apr 22 2014 7:52 am

    I tend to shy away from these kinds of books — it looks good, but I doubt I’d read it. Maybe because I live near college town?


  8. BermudaOnion / Apr 22 2014 8:06 am

    My interest is piqued – I’d keep reading. Thanks for the giveaway!


  9. postingfornow / Apr 22 2014 8:19 am

    I like the first paragraph, but the story sounds kind of sad and I don’t think I would be in the mood for it at this time.


  10. laurelrainsnow / Apr 22 2014 8:36 am

    I definitely want to keep reading, even though I know it will be sad…but suspenseful, too.


  11. Catherine @ Book Club Librarian / Apr 22 2014 8:38 am

    The opening doesn’t grab me, but the synopsis does, so I’d keep reading.

    My Tuesday intro:


  12. Sue / Apr 22 2014 8:49 am

    It’s a gripping start, but a gruesome subject. I read the entire first chapter (using your link). So I guess that means I would keep reading, but this isn’t a subject I enjoy reading about.


  13. jkb4664 / Apr 22 2014 8:59 am

    I just watched a report about a young survivor of the Columbine shooting and how he is making a documentary in an effort to heal. I think it is an important consider. I would keep reading.


  14. Literary Feline / Apr 22 2014 9:22 am

    I would definitely keep reading. The subject matter interests me, not to mention my being curious about how the author takes on such a relevant and emotional part of our history and applies it to her characters.


  15. anne / Apr 22 2014 10:15 am

    I would enjoy this book. thanks for this giveaway.


  16. Gautami Tripathy / Apr 22 2014 11:01 am

    I wanna go on…..

    Here is my Intro post!


  17. The Little Reader Library / Apr 22 2014 1:52 pm

    I am really curious about this, and yet I’m not sure if I’d be able to read it due to the subject matter. Hope you find it a good read.


  18. Suko / Apr 22 2014 5:06 pm

    Leslie, thank you for hosting this great book giveaway. I’ve added it to my blog’s sidebar. Clever way to present the book, with Diane’s Tuesday Intros meme!


  19. Margot @ Joyfully Retired / Apr 22 2014 5:12 pm

    I’ve got the song Monday, Monday by the Mamas and Papas stuck in my heard. I’m not sure of that first paragraph. Maybe too much math for me.


  20. carlrscott / Apr 22 2014 6:34 pm

    I remember the Charles Whitman event even though I was very young at the time. It was really shocking then, no one knew what to make of an act like that. I’d keep reading just because I know a bit of what comes later.

    I also tweeted a link to this post:



  21. Diane / Apr 22 2014 8:03 pm

    I think I’d need more before deciding- enjoy


  22. michellewillms2013 / Apr 23 2014 1:35 am

    I love reading true crime stories, as a general rule. This crime, when I read about it, bothered me on a level that most do not. As I read about the students being shot, I felt an intense connection with the victims. I would love to read this book, even though I know it will be heart-breaking. I admire the author’s work; such research requires dedication. michelle_willms at yahoo dot com.


  23. Anita Yancey / Apr 26 2014 6:58 pm

    It sounds like a very interesting and touching story. I love the secrecy and would enjoy this book. Thanks for having the giveaway.


  24. Lisa Garrett / Apr 27 2014 6:38 pm

    I would definitely keep reading!


  25. Karen B / Apr 28 2014 9:31 am

    I remember this happening as if it were yesterday! Yes, I would keep on reading knowing that the story is fiction based on fact.


  26. Laura P Bryant / Apr 29 2014 11:49 am

    This sounds like such an interesting book. Looking forward to the opportunity to win a copy.


  27. Carol M / Apr 29 2014 2:19 pm

    I would keep reading! This sounds like a book I would enjoy!



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