Giveaway: What I Didn’t See and Other Stories by Karen Fowler (U.S. & Can.)

As part of our Locus Challenge, we are hosting a giveaway for one copy of What I Didn’t See and Other Stories by Karen Fowler to a lucky reader in the United States or Canada, thanks to the generosity of Small Beer Press. What I Didn’t See and Other Stories by Karen Fowler is on the Locus recommended reading list as one of the best collections of the year 2010. Here’s the book blurb:

In her moving and elegant new collection, New York Times bestseller Karen Joy Fowler writes about John Wilkes Booth’s younger brother, a one-winged man, a California cult, and a pair of twins, and she digs into our past, present, and future in the quiet, witty, and incisive way only she can.

The sinister and the magical are always lurking just below the surface: for a mother who invents a fairy-tale world for her son in “Halfway People”; for Edwin Booth in “Edwin’s Ghost,” haunted by his fame as “America’s Hamlet” and his brother’s terrible actions; for Norah, a rebellious teenager facing torture in “The Pelican Bar” as she confronts Mama Strong, the sadistic boss of a rehabilitation facility; for the narrator recounting her descent in “What I Didn’t See.”

With clear and insightful prose, Fowler’s stories measure the human capacities for hope and despair, brutality and kindness. This collection, which includes two Nebula Award winners, is sure to delight readers, even as it pulls the rug out from underneath them.

Here’s praise for What I Didn’t See and Other Stories:

“Here’s a volume that serves as a fine introduction to Fowler, if you haven’t come across her before—and one that will deeply satisfy fans who’ve been with her from the beginning.” Seattle Times

“What strikes one first is the voice: robust, sly, witty, elegant, unexpected and never boring.” Margot Livesey, The New York Times Book Review

“Arresting . . . each piece puts us on notice in its own way that an intriguing intelligence is at work.” The Boston Globe

“Unforgettable . . . incandescent . . . bewitching.” Los Angeles Times Book Review

To enter in the giveaway, you must:

  • Pledge to participate in our Locus challenge (you must comment on that post)
  • Make a good faith effort to read this book by April 1, 2011 if you win
  • Enter here

Best of luck, and happy reading! This giveaway ends March 9, 2011 at midnight Pacific time.

About Benni Amato

Benni was born in a theater playing Star Wars, and has loved science fiction and fantasy ever since. She did go through a non-fiction phase, but now that her 50-70-hour/week job keeps her plenty occupied with non-fiction, she escapes when she can into the world of fantasy. Though clinically cleared of ADHD, Benni requires constant engagement, whether through good pacing, character development, or world-building. And while she would like to believe that she has more discerning taste than a child, she considers herself otherwise a good measure of whether a book will hold a child’s attention and do well if the movie rights are sold.

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  1. I won this book in the Locus Challenge and am excited to read it!

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