Monday, July 27, 2009

Book Giveaway: The Blue Star

I'm authorized to give away 5 copies. Rules for entry in the drawing are below. Please read them carefully.

The Blue Star
by Tony Earley
Trade paperback publish date: 8/26/2009
Pub: Back Bay Books

Seven years ago, readers everywhere fell in love with Jim Glass, the precocious ten-year-old at the heart of Tony Earley's bestseller Jim the Boy. Now a teenager, Jim returns in another tender and wise story of young love on the eve of World War Two.
Jim Glass has fallen in love, as only a teenage boy can fall in love, with his classmate Chrissie Steppe. Unfortunately, Chrissie is Bucky Bucklaw's girlfriend, and Bucky has joined the Navy on the eve of war. Jim vows to win Chrissie's heart in his absence, but the war makes high school less than a safe haven, and gives a young man's emotions a grown man's gravity. With the uncanny insight into the well-intentioned heart that made Jim the Boy a favorite novel for thousands of readers, Tony Earley has fashioned another nuanced and unforgettable portrait of America in another time--making it again even realer than our own day.

This is a timeless and moving story of discovery, loss and growing up, proving why Tony Earley's writing "radiates with a largeness of heart" (Esquire).

Interview with Tony Earley

Read a Chapter Excerpt

Tony Earley is the author of four books: Here We Are in Paradise, a collection of stories; the novel Jim the Boy; the personal essay collection Somehow Form a Family; and The Blue Star, a novel released in Spring, 2008. A winner of a National Magazine Award for fiction, he was named one of the twenty best writers of his generation by both Granta, in 1996, and The New Yorker in 1999. His fiction and/or nonfiction have appeared in Harper's, Esquire, The New Yorker, The Oxford American, The New York Times Book Review, Tin House, Best American Short Stories, New Stories from the South and many other magazines and anthologies.

He is a native of western North Carolina and a graduate of Warren Wilson College and The University of Alabama. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife and daughter, where he is the Samuel Milton Fleming Associate Professor of English at Vanderbilt University.


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  • 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.
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  • Bonus Entries: If you blog or twitter about this giveaway or link to in other ways (ie facebook, myspace etc), send me a link to the post or page and your name will be entered again for each case. Meaning, you can blog and tweet for two extra entries. (Multiple tweets will not gain you further entries as I do not wish to encourage twitter spam.)
  • Deadline for entering is NOON PST Saturday, August 22, 2009. I will select the winners with a random sequence generator using
  • I will announce the winners in a post as well as notify by email. Winners must respond with their mailing info within two days or forfeit. In which case I notify the next entry in the sequence generated by
  • Winners must provide a US or Canadian mailing address. Hachette is unable to deliver to PO Boxes. Also, for those of you winning the same title in more than one contest, be aware that Hachette may not deliver multiple copies of a single title to a single address.

13 tell me a story:

Madeleine 7/28/2009 3:46 AM  

I am looking forward to winning this book (I hope)


Bridget 7/28/2009 11:15 AM  

Hi! Just posted on Win A Book for you, Joy. No need to enter me.

Pam 7/28/2009 1:22 PM  

I've read good things about this book. I'd like to read it too!

melacan at hotmail dot com

Beth (BBRB) 7/28/2009 1:53 PM  

This looks fun! Please enter me!

BethsBookReviewBlog AT gmail DOT com

Unknown 7/29/2009 10:08 AM  

I'd love to win this book. Please enter me! nicolama at cogeco dot ca

Lee P 7/29/2009 4:26 PM  

This sounds like a really good book. Two of my favorite reading genres-romance and war. Thanks for this giveaway and please count me in


Debs Desk 8/01/2009 6:58 PM  

Please include me in your giveaway.

Anonymous,  8/03/2009 8:16 PM  

Please enter my name in your draw. Thanks.
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Belinda M 8/03/2009 9:32 PM  

Please include me in your giveaway

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Marjorie/cenya2 8/08/2009 5:09 AM  

After reading the review, I would really like to win this novel.

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cqueen2 8/08/2009 6:22 PM  

this sounds like a great read


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Anonymous,  8/22/2009 12:17 PM  

this sounds like a great read please count me in..thanks


Sara 8/22/2009 1:01 PM  

Sounds like a romantic love story. I'd love an entry. Thanks!

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