The Breaking of Eggs by Jim Powell
Penguin (July 27, 2010)
Thanks to Lindsay at Penguin Books, I have a copy The Breaking of Eggs to give away to one lucky reader of my blog. Let me tell you a little about the book and author.
ABOUT THE BOOK
From the publisher:
The Breaking of Eggs is the story of the curmudgeonly Feliks Zhokovski, Polish by birth, Communist at heart, who at age 61 finds that just about everything he has based his life on is crumbling. Separated from him family as a child when the Nazis invaded Poland, Feliks is currently living in Paris and his life’s work is a travel guide to the old Eastern bloc. But unfortunately for Feliks, it’s 1991: the Berlin Wall has fallen, Communism has collapsed, East Germany isn’t the economic miracle he wants it to be, and he’s forced to confront the fact that his travel-writing days are numbered. His guide was a flourishing business, but the old pro-Communist descriptions won’t do, for Western visitors will now be able to see for themselves. So he makes the (extremely difficult) decision to sell his guide to a big, capitalist American publisher. This sets in motion a chain of events that will reunite him with a brother living in Ohio that he hasn’t seen in fifty years, reveal the truth about the mother he thought abandoned him and offer him a second chance with a long-lost love.
Equal parts hilarious and moving, The Breaking of Eggs is the story of a man who closed himself off from everyone and everything years ago and now awakens to discover the world has changed dramatically and he must change with it. The Breaking of Eggs also has the added bonus of being a crash course in 20th century European history, subtly told as a backdrop to Feliks’ riveting personal story. Imagine Everything is Illuminated meets The Elegance of the Hedgehog, then forget all the publishing clichés and discover this incredible new voice.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
JIM POWELL has had many careers: as managing director of a large London advertising agency, as founder of a successful ceramics business, as a speechwriter for three government ministers, and even as an office boy for The Beatles. He lives in Northamptonshire, England.
WIN A COPY
- Contest open from today through August 25th at 5:00 PM PST. I’m sorry this one is restricted to only those readers with US or Canada mailing addresses.
- To win a copy of this book leave a comment on this post no later than the 25th of August, 5:00 PM PST.
- I’ll randomly draw ONE winner and announce their name here on my blog sometime on the 26th.
That’s it! Easy-peasy.