Monday, October 4, 2010

GIVEAWAY AND REVIEW OF THE FALSE FRIEND BY M. GOLDBERG

The False FriendIn The False Friend, Celia and Djuna decided to walk home alone along a forbidden road.. Djuna disappeared, and for twenty years Celia blocked out how it happened.

The lie Celia told to conceal her misdeed became the accepted truth: everyone assumed Djuna had been abducted, though neither she nor her abductor was ever found. Celia’s unconscious avoidance of this has meant that while she and her longtime boyfriend, Huck, are professionally successful, they’ve been unable to move forward, their relationship falling into a rut that threatens to bury them both.

Celia returns to her hometown to confess the truth, but her family and childhood friends don’t believe her. Huck wants to be supportive, but his love can’t blind him to all that contra­dicts Celia’s version of the past.

Celia’s desperate search to understand what happened to Djuna has powerful consequences. A deeply resonant and emotionally charged story, The False Friend explores the adults that children become—leading us to question the truths that we accept or reject, as well as the lies to which we succumb.


About the Author-

Myla Goldberg grew up in Laurel, Maryland, escaping to Ohio to attend Oberlin College. After graduating in 1993, she spent a year living in Prague, before moving to New York City. Her bestselling first novel, Bee Season, was a New York Times Notable Book for 2000, winner of the Borders New Voices Prize, and a finalist for the Hemingway Foundation/PEN award, the NYPL Young Lions award, and the Barnes & Noble Discover award. It has been adapted to film and widely translated. Her second novel Wickett’s Remedy grew out of her fascination with the 1918 influenza epidemic. Her third novel, The False Friend, concerns a woman trying to untangle a 20-year-old memory and explores the complexities of moral judgment, the fallibility of memory, and the adults that children become.


My Thoughts-

I did not enjoy the book as much as I thought I would. It took me a while to get into the storyline and the characters were not very interesting to me. I am not saying that the novel was bad, but there was something missing and the characters did not come to life. I have never read any of the author's other books so I cannot compare them. I was disappointed with the ending because it was vague.

And now for the contest-

Thanks to Knopf-Doubleday, I am able to give away two copies of this book.

OPEN TO  US RESIDENTS ONLY.
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 Contest ends October 16 @ 12 MN Eastern.


Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book for my honest review and I was not compensated for my review.

16 comments:

  1. Thanks for the giveaway.
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  2. Entering!

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  3. The past always catches up with us. I would love to read this book.
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  4. Wow, thanks for the giveaway! +1
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  6. Sounds like it wasn't your cup of tea. Hope to get a chance to read it though!

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  7. Thanks for the possibility!

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  8. This sounds like an interesting book. I would love to give it a try. Thanks!
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  14. Thanks for this giveaway. Your review was excellent. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  16. I want it, want it want it!
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