Tracy over at bookroomreviews.com is hosting a Book Giveaway Carnival, from March 2nd to 8th... I'm so thrilled to participate, & I hope you like what's in my "culture" pack. I am Asian (if you haven't guessed from my profile picture, lol!), and am still discovering Asian authors, in between reading all the fantasy tomes that are in my collection. Here are three books that are varied in setting, topic, and storytelling style. Enjoy!
Waiting, by Ha Jin
"In Waiting, Ha Jin portrays the life of Lin Kong, a dedicated doctor torn by his love for two women: one who belongs to the New China of the Cultural Revolution, the other to the ancient traditions of his family's village. Ha Jin profoundly understands the conflict between the individual and society, between the timeless universality of the human heart and constantly shifting politics of the moment. With wisdom, restraint, and empathy for all his characters, he vividly reveals the complexities and subtleties of a world and a people we desperately need to know."--Judges' Citation, National Book AwardOut, by Natsuo Kirino
This mesmerizing novel tells the story of a brutal murder in the staid Tokyo suburbs, as a young mother who works the night shift making boxed lunches strangles her abusive husband and then seeks the help of her coworkers to dispose of the body and cover up her crime. The coolly intelligent Masako emerges as the plot’s ringleader, but quickly discovers that this killing is merely the beginning, as it leads to a terrifying foray into the violent underbelly of Japanese society.
At once a masterpiece of literary suspense and pitch-black comedy of gender warfare, Out is also a moving evocation of the pressures and prejudices that drive women to extreme deeds, and the friendships that bolster them in the aftermath.The Tapestries, by Kien Nguyen
This epic tale of romance and revenge - widely acclaimed for its suspense, emotional complexity, colorful settings, and storytelling brio - immerses us in the world of Dan Nguyen, a spirited young boy in turn-of-the-century Vietnam. After being thrust into an arranged marriage at age seven, Dan secretly witnesses his father's beheading, escapes certain death by being sold into servitude, and ultimately is forced to choose between passion and family honor when he falls in love with the one woman he can never have.
ONE lucky entrant will win all three books, which will be shipped media mail as soon as I find a box to put 'em in!
This giveaway will run till 5:00pm on March 8th, and is open to US & Canada residents only.
How do you enter, you ask? Well, let me tell you all the ways!
For one entry, tell me who a favorite Asian author is, if you have one. And recommend a book of theirs (to add to my collection, of course!).
For another entry, follow my blog, or let me know you're already a follower (I heart my followers!).
For two more entries, blog about this giveaway. Let me know where. =)
For even more entries, check out my review posts from the month of February, and let me know which ones you thought were good, or which ones needed more. One entry for each post you refer to (whether good or not-so).
And don't forget to come back & find out if you've won. Winners will have 3 days to get me their mailing info, after which I'll draw a replacement. If I have an email address, I can follow up if I don't hear from you, but if not...