Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Book Giveaway: Sway

I've been authorized to give away up to five copies. Be sure to read the rules below carefully as only valid entries will be included in the drawing.

by Zachary Lazar

Three dramatic and emblematic stories intertwine in Zachary Lazar's extraordinary new novel, SWAY--the early days of the Rolling Stones, including the romantic triangle of Brian Jones, Anita Pallenberg, and Keith Richards; the life of avant-garde filmmaker Kenneth Anger; and the community of Charles Manson and his followers.

Lazar illuminates an hour in American history when rapture found its roots in idolatrous figures and led to unprovoked and inexplicable violence. Connecting all the stories in this novel is Bobby Beausoleil, a beautiful California boy who appeared in an Anger film and eventually joined the Manson "family."

With great artistry, Lazar weaves scenes from these real lives together into a true but heightened reality, making superstars human, giving demons reality, and restoring mythic events to the scale of daily life.

"One hypnotic tone poem.... It is not the now-historic acts of violence that make Sway so riveting, but its vivid character portraits and decadent, muzzy atmosphere, all rendered with the heightened sensory awareness associated with drugs and paranoia.

The near miniaturist precision with which he describes Keith Richards's attempts to master his guitar, Brian Jones's acid trips and Anger's obsessive desire for Beausoleil bring this large-scale tableau into stunning relief."
--Liz Brown, Time Out New York

Reading Group Guide available


  • Leave a comment in this post expressing your interest in entering the drawing.
  • Provide an @ by which I can contact you in case of a win. Either in your comment or in an email to me at joystory AT gmail DOT com If you email your @ be sure to connect it to your entry. If I do not receive an @ your entry will be disqualified.
  • If, in the case of a win, you would like a link to your blog in the winners announcement post, provide your URL in your comment or via email. This is not a requirement for entering nor do you have to have a blog yourself in order to enter.
  • If you blog about this giveaway, send me a link to the post and your name will be entered a second time.
  • Deadline for entering is NOON PST Saturday March 14, 2008. I will select the winners with a random number generator using www.random.org
  • Winners must provide a US or Canadian mailing address. No PO Boxes.

10 tell me a story:

Bridget 2/24/2009 3:16 PM  

I've posted this on Win A Book.

scottsgal 2/24/2009 7:17 PM  

This is on my must read list - please count me in to win this

darbyscloset 2/24/2009 8:03 PM  

I would love to read this book! I so enjoy stories that are made up of a bunch of smaller stories and I just know this one is going to be excellent!!!
Thanks so much,
darbyscloset at yahoo dot com

Anonymous,  2/25/2009 4:13 PM  

This sounds like a fascinating read.

Anonymous,  2/25/2009 5:30 PM  

Hey, enter me please. Thanks!


Gwendolyn B. 2/25/2009 6:17 PM  

I am SO eager to read this book! Keeping my fingers crossed for a win. Thanks for hosting this contest!
geebee.reads AT gmail DOT com

carlene 2/27/2009 7:47 PM  

Please include me in your drawing.

Meljprincess 3/01/2009 9:31 AM  

I'd love to win this book! I was in a band so I can relate to the drama. It would have been cool to jam with the Stones. Music and Manson. Two of my favorite subjects!
I'd also share this with my sister. She's an old hippie! *g*

Mel K.
Meljprincess @ aol DOT com

JaniceH 3/07/2009 6:46 PM  

Thanks for the chance to win this book!


rubynreba 3/10/2009 9:59 PM  

Would love to have this book. Thanks for the chance to win.

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