Announcement: Winner THERE ONCE LIVED A MOTHER WHO LOVED HER CHILDREN by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya

And the winner of the giveaway for There Once Lived a Mother Who Loved Her Children… by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya is…..

Carl S (commented on post)

The winner will be notified via email.

Thank you to everyone who entered and a huge thank you to the publisher for making this giveaway possible!

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Giveaway: THERE ONCE LIVED A MOTHER WHO LOVED HER CHILDREN by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya

This weeks giveaway has a lengthy title: There Once Lived a Mother Who Loved Her Children, Until They Moved Back In: Three Novellas About Family by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya.

The masterly novellas that established Ludmilla Petrushevskaya as one of the greatest living Russian writers

“Love them,­ they’ll torture you; don’t love them, ­they’ll leave you anyway.”

After her work was suppressed for many years, Ludmilla Petrushevskaya won wide recognition for capturing the experiences of everyday Russians with profound pathos and mordant wit. Among her most famous and controversial works, these three novellas—The Time Is Night,Chocolates with Liqueur, and Among Friends—are modern classics that breathe new life into Tolstoy’s famous dictum, “All happy families are alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” Together they confirm the genius of an author with a gift for turning adversity into art

Thanks to the Publisher, I am ecstatic to be able to offer a copy of THERE ONCE LIVED A MOTHER WHO LOVED HER CHILDREN for your enjoyment! Giveaway is for one paperback copy.

Giveaway runs 11/27/14 to 12/4/14

Winners will be announced 12/5/14.

(how to enter)

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(GIVEAWAY OPEN TO US/CANADA ONLY AND NO PO BOX)

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Review: There Once Lived a Mother Who Loved Her Children, Until They Moved Back In: Three Novellas About Family by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya

Leo Tolstoy said it best: All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.

Don’t we all have that one crazy family member who tells grossly inappropriate jokes and stories at the dinner table? Or that one sibling that we are insanely jealous of? Or what about your bratty niece or nephew that you just wish you could trip as they run by screaming?

I think the best thing about family is that it’s a classic….just like Tolstoy. Most people can relate to family and that’s what makes Ludmilla Petrushevskaya latest novel such a captivating read.

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Review: The Honey Thief by Najaf Mazari

Every culture has folklore and stories that have been told for generations. Most of these folktales focus on society, history, love, family, and culture. Some are presented as parables while others a told with a mixture of fact and fiction.

I haven’t read too much folklore, mostly because I am familiar with a lot of the western civilization tales and I really had no interest in any other regions. When the opportunity to review The Honey Thief came along I debated about reviewing it and ultimately decided to give it a read.

I have studied Middle Eastern religions and some of the politics but I am far from an expert on the culture. I haven’t read a lot of literature from that region which is why this collection of short stories appealed to me. I like books that expose me to cultures I wouldn’t normally be exposed to and reading offers a unique way for the reader to explore a culture that might be uncomfortable for them.

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Review: There Once Lived a Girl Who Seduced Her Sister’s Husband, and He Hanged Himself: Love Stories by Ludmila Petrushevskaya

What can I say, I am a sucker for books with compelling titles and let’s be honest….tell me you didn’t see this title and you weren’t the slightest bit curious? When I was approached by Penguin to review this book, how could I say no….especially with Valentines Day around the corner.

Besides the title of this book, the cover also attracted my eye, and then I started reading the description, honestly I would have reviewed the book based on title alone, but the description sealed the deal….Poe meets Tolstoy? Who can say no to that!

In this collection of short stories Petrushevskaya explores the darker side of love. Many of the stories are about characters that are less than savory….alcoholics, derelicts, adulterers, and the oppressed. Clearly all of them are a far cry from a happy ending.

But yet Petrushevskaya brings a ‘happily ever after’ to all of her stories. Though it is not the same HEA that we have in more traditional fairy tale romances, but it’s the best HEA that these characters can hope for.

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