Friday, July 31, 2009

Book Giveaway: The Blue Star by Tony Earley

Thank you to Valerie and Hatchett Books for offering 5 copies of this book for a giveaway!


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).

About Tony Earley

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.


Interview with Tony Earley

Read a Chapter Excerpt

Contest Rules:
To enter, tell me about your first crush/love.

My first crush (he hated me!) was a boy named Eli. He could sing and play guitar and I thought he was the cutest thing ever. Of course, he ended up being a total jerk!!

Rules:
1. Please include your email address with your answer, so that I can contact you if you win. You will have 3 days to respond to the email. You must put your email address in the comments or your entry is invalid. Format like faithfulgirl4[at]gmail[dot]com
2. For an extra entry, sign up to be a follower. If you're already a follower, let me know and you'll get the extra entry as well.
3. For another extra entry, subscribe via googlereader, blogger or by email and let me know that you do.
4. For another entry, blog about this giveaway and send me the link.
5. For another entry, Tweet about this contest and include @faithfulgirl along with website link.
6. For another entry, enter to win another of my giveaways and tell me that you have entered by leaving a comment here as to which one.
7. Leave a separate comment for each entry or you'll only be entered once.

The contest is limited to US and Canada only. No P.O. boxes. The contest ends at 11:59 pm EST on August 31, 2009. Only one title per winning household will be awarded.
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17 comments:

  1. I am a new follower and would love to win this book.

    cenya2 at hotmail dot com

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  2. Okay, his name was brian in grade school and he was
    just soooo cute.

    cenya2 at hotmail dot com

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  3. I won't say any names, but I had met my first crush in grade 3, then he moved away after grade 5 and changed schools. I never got to see him again, but I guess that's a good thing because I wouldn't want my honey to see him. =P

    thanks for hosting this giveaway. =)

    lindanmc (at) gmail.com

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  4. I'm a follower. =)

    lindanmc (at) gmail.com

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  5. and I had entered for The Lost Dog giveaway. thanks. =)

    lindanmc (at) gmail.com

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  6. When I was in middle school I had a crush on the class clown. I just thought he was so cute and clever. Of course, he didn't even know I was alive. milou2ster(at)gmail.com

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  7. My first true love and my last true love are one and the same. She's my best friend and future wife.

    joshuacovington [at] yahoo.com

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  8. Kelly B (EnRoute To Life)August 22, 2009 at 8:22 PM

    My first crush was on this boy Anthony. He was the older brother of my best friend. I guess I thought he was totally mature. He was very spiritual and I felt like I knew nothing next to him. We ended up dating when I was in my senior year of high school and he was in college. He was a nightmare! When I broke it off with him he was filled with vengeance and totally slandered me to most of my friends and their boyfriends. It was horrid. What a terrible crush. I wished back then that I had never dated him.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    kalea_kane(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  9. Kelly B (EnRoute To Life)August 22, 2009 at 8:27 PM

    I am a current follower of your blog. Still very brandy new though! Thank you for the great giveaway!

    kalea_kane(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  10. Kelly B (EnRoute To Life)August 22, 2009 at 8:28 PM

    I subscribe via google reader.

    kalea_kane(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  11. Kelly B (EnRoute To Life)August 22, 2009 at 8:29 PM

    I Tweeted your giveaway: http://twitter.com/kellyblackwell/status/3485183982

    kalea_kane(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  12. Kelly B (EnRoute To Life)August 22, 2009 at 8:30 PM

    I entered your giveaway for How It Ends. Both these giveaways look like great books to read! Thanks!

    kalea_kane(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  13. Kelly B (EnRoute To Life)August 23, 2009 at 2:32 PM

    I blogged about your giveaway here: http://enroutetolife.blogspot.com/2009/08/giveaways-to-enjoy.html

    Thank you for the great giveaways!

    kalea_kane(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  14. My first crush was way back in kindergarten, his name was Chris and he was in my class. I don't think I ever actually talked to the kid.

    andie.v107(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  15. I just became a follower of your blog as well.

    andie.v107(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  16. I also entered to win The Lost Dog
    andie.v107(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  17. This book sounds great, count me in.

    jsrogers at shaw dot ca

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