Monday, June 20, 2011

More Summer Fun and Another Giveaway

The Upright Piano Player
By David Abbott

Thanks to Liz at Random House, we are able to offer two copies as a giveaway for this one.  I got my review copy recently, and hope to read it before the contest ends.  Here's the publisher's blurb:
 Henry Cage seems to have it all: a successful career, money, a beautiful home, and a reputation for being a just and principled man. But public virtues can conceal private failings, and as Henry faces retirement, his well-ordered life begins to unravel. His ex-wife is ill, his relationship with his son is strained to the point of estrangement, and on the eve of the new millennium he is the victim of a random violent act which soon escalates into a prolonged harassment.

As his ex-wife's illness becomes grave, it is apparent that there is little time to redress the mistakes of the past. But the man stalking Henry remains at large. Who is doing this? And why? David Abbott brilliantly pulls this thread of tension ever tighter until the surprising and emotionally impactful conclusion. The Upright Piano Player is a wise and acutely observed novel about the myriad ways in which life tests us—no matter how carefully we have constructed our own little fortresses.

There's an enlightening interview with David Abbott, the author, which is worth a visit just to see a picture of the real-life bookshop Henry visits in the story.

So ..... if you want to win, it's usual rules.

* Enter by leaving a comment saying why you'd like to win the book and then completing the form below. The form will automatically give us the info for all extra entires. You just have to fill it out once!

* The deadline to enter is 11:59 pm Pacific on July 30th

* Winners will be selected at random.

* Since this is from Doubleday the winners must have a mailing addresses in the US; no PO Boxes.

Remember - Comment+ Form to enter.

Good luck!


  1. This sounds like a different kind of book, than I normally read. I think it sounds good.

  2. Sounds like a good mystery...would love to win it!

  3. This intriguing novel would be memorable. Many thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  4. Broken relationships and their outcomes - all of us have to deal with this, although not with a stalker thrown in! Sounds like a fascinating read.

  5. This book and the plot is fascinating. It would be a pleasure to read this book. Rather unique.

  6. Sounds like an intriguing book. It would be interesting to see how all of the problems resolve themselves. (It was unusual that the author didn't start writing until his retirement.)
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  7. This sounds like an edge-of-your-seat kind of book and it's already on my wish list, so I'd love to win it.

  8. sounds like a wonderful read :)

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  9. This sounds like a very interesting story. One that I would love to read.

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