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Joanna Scott – Book Giveaway

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Follow Me



Contest Open April 27 – May 5, 2009

Thanks to Miriam at Little Brown and Company, I am thrilled to be able to offer a giveaway of THREE of Joanna Scott’s novels. I recently read her latest book Follow me (read my review) and can recommend it. The other two books are on my TBR pile and I hope to get to them soon. A brief synopsis of each book as follows:

Follow Me (published April 2009)

On a summer day in 1946 Sally Werner, the precocious young daughter of hardscrabble Pennsylvania farmers, secretly accepts her cousin’s invitation to ride his new motorcycle. Like so much of what follows in Sally’s life, it’s an impulsive decision with dramatic and far-reaching consequences. Soon she abandons her home to begin a daring journey of self-creation, the truth of which she entrusts only with her granddaughter and namesake, six decades later. But when young Sally’s father–a man she has never known–enters her life and offers another story altogether, she must uncover the truth of her grandmother’s secret history.Read more on the Publisher’s website

To read reviews of this book, visit blogs touring the book on April 27thAll tour blogs are listed here.

Liberation (published November 2005)

Adriana Nardi is only 10 years old when Allied forces occupy her lush island home during World War II, plaguing the quiet Italian village with violence and uncertainty. Amdu is a Senegalese soldier who abandons his comrades and befriends Adriana after witnessing an unspeakable act that has far-reaching repercussions.

Decades later, on a commuter train bound for Penn Station, 60-year-old Adriana revisits her memories of the war and her doomed relationship with Amdu, even as a present crisis threatens her life. Read more on the Publisher’s website

Tourmaline (published October 2002)

Read a Chapter excerpt

In 1956, extravagant, debt-ridden Murray Murdoch takes his wife and four young sons on a vacation to Elba, where he becomes convinced that he can profit from the island’s abundant deposits of semiprecious gems. When the summer comes to an end and Murray still hasn’t found the valuable tourmaline that he’s looking for, the Murdochs decide to postpone their departure indefinitely. Their idyllic existence is shattered when a mysterious local girl goes missing and the community begins to suspect that the “investor from the United States” is somehow involved. The story is told by Ollie, the youngest of the four boys, who was five when the family arrived on the island and is 50 now.

A little about Joanna Scott (from the Publisher’s website):

Joanna Scott is the author of four novels, including 1997 Pulitzer Prize finalist The Manikin, and a short story collection, Various Antidotes, which was a finalist for the 1995 PEN/Faulkner Award. She has received a MacArthur Fellowship and a Lannan Award. She lives in Rochester, New York.

To enter this contest:

  • Contest is open ONLY to U.S. and Canada mailing addresses (no PO boxes please).
  • Leave me a comment on this post by May 5th at 11:00 pm PST. Please let me know if you have already read any of the books, and I will make sure you don’t get that book in the drawing. Otherwise I will be using Random.org to pick THREE winners in the order that the books appear above.
  • I will post the winners to my blog AND email each one – so please make sure that you leave a valid email in the comment form (no need to leave your email in the body of the comment if you have left it in the correct spot on the form). Winners will have FIVE days to email me their snail mail address.
  • PLEASE – if you have entered this contest and then win the book through another site, let me know so I can withdraw your name from THIS contest! THANK YOU!
  • Miriam will be mailing out Tourmaline and Liberation directly (finished copies)
  • I will be mailing an Advance Reader’s Edition of Follow Me

Good Luck!


  1. Deborah R Deborah R
    May 2, 2009    

    Hi – I’d love to be entered to win any of these three books. Thanks so much for the chance!

  2. tea tea
    May 2, 2009    

    I would love to read all three of these books by Joanna Scott. I am glad to have a chance to enter the contest. My email address is


    Thank you.

  3. Christina Brunetti Christina Brunetti
    May 2, 2009    

    I would love to read any of these



  4. Ellie W Ellie W
    May 2, 2009    

    I would love to read any of these. Actually now I want to read all three. Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me.

  5. Belinda McNabb Belinda McNabb
    May 2, 2009    

    I have not read any of the books but can’t wait to.
    Please enter me in the giveaway

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  6. May 3, 2009    

    I have not read any of her books (yet).

    I would love to be entered in the drawing.

    Mstermind1 at gmail dot com

  7. May 3, 2009    

    I don’t have any of these books nor have I read them, so that’s my whole purpose in entering lol.

    jaam121388 at yahoo dot com

  8. Mary Ward Mary Ward
    May 3, 2009    

    I’m a voracious reader and haven’t read any of her books as yet. I’d love this!


  9. Jennifer Jennifer
    May 3, 2009    

    I haven’t read any of the books, but they all sound great!

  10. May 3, 2009    

    I’d love to win all three!

  11. Estela S Estela S
    May 4, 2009    

    Please enter me to win. They sound like great reads. Thanks so much!!!

  12. Tiffany S. Tiffany S.
    May 4, 2009    

    I would love a chance to win. I haven’t read any of them so any would be great! Thank you for the giveaway!

  13. May 4, 2009    

    I would love to be entered for Liberation and Tourmaline which my bookclub will be reading soon!

  14. Paula Paula
    May 4, 2009    

    They all sound really good! Thanks for the chance to win.

  15. Heather M Heather M
    May 4, 2009    

    I haven’t read or Own any of these books. but they all look great! Count me in! Thanks

  16. May 4, 2009    

    They all sound good! Please count me in for a chance to win! Thanks!

  17. May 4, 2009    

    Please enter me for the books, Liberation or Tourmaline.



  18. May 5, 2009    

    Hi…I’m really enjoying your blog! Please add my name to your giveaway list…all the books look wonderful and are new to me. Love to read more than anything else!


  19. Hillary Fairchild Hillary Fairchild
    May 5, 2009    

    Thanks for the contest! I have never read these books.

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