Courtesy of Hachette Book Group, I have 3 copies of The Cradle by Patrick Somerville to giveaway. I just received my copy of this book and I'm looking forward to reading it. Here's a summary:
Early one summer morning, Matthew Bishop kisses his still-sleeping wife Marissa, gets dressed and eases his truck through Milwaukee, bound for the highway. His wife, pregnant with their first child, has asked him to find the antique cradle taken years before by her mother Caroline when she abandoned Marissa, never to contact her daughter again. Soon to be a mother herself, Marissa now dreams of nothing else but bringing her baby home to the cradle she herself slept in. His wife does not know-does not want to know-where her mother lives, but Matt has an address for Caroline's sister near by and with any luck, he will be home in time for dinner.
Only as Matt tries to track down his wife's mother, he discovers that Caroline, upon leaving Marissa, has led a life increasingly plagued by impulse and irrationality, a mysterious life that grows more inexplicable with each new lead Matt gains, and door he enters. As hours turn into days and Caroline's trail takes Matt from Wisconsin to Minnesota, Illinois, and beyond in search of the cradle, Matt makes a discovery that will forever change Marissa's life, and faces a decision that will challenge everything he has ever known.
Elegant and astonishing, Patrick Somerville tells the story of one man's journey into the heart of marriage, parenthood, and what it means to be a family. Confirming the arrival of an exuberantly talented new writer, THE CRADLE is an uniquely imaginative debut novel that radiates with wisdom and wonder.
The Cradle sounds like it would make a great book to discuss with book clubs. There are many themes to discuss including marriage, parenthood, family and more. There is a Reading Group Guide with an essay by Patrick Somerville, suggested questions and topics for discussion and a list of Patrick Somerville's "Most Influential" books.
Check out these additional links:
View a video about The Cradle
Author Essay-The Cradle
Patrick Somerville's Website
I have 3 copies of The Cradle by Patrick Somerville to give away. To enter:
- Open to US & Canada only (No PO Boxes), the publisher will send the book directly to you.
- Leave a comment. Make sure to include your email address so that I can contact you in case you win! Otherwise, I won't be able to include your name in the drawing.
- Giveaway ends, May 14, 2010. I'll use random.org to choose a winner.