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Sunday, March 01, 2009

I'm giving away a copy of By George by Wesley Stace!

To win a copy of the book simply post a comment about either the picture on the cover (What do you think those big eyes are trying to convey to you?) or you can say something about the description of the book (below). Don't forget to leave me a way to contact you if you win!!! The winner will be notified by e-mail next Sunday March 8th.




About the book:

In the illustrious history of the theatrical Fishers, there are two Georges. One is a peculiar but endearing 11-year-old, raised in the seedy world of '70s boarding houses and backstages, now packed off to school for the first time; the other, a garrulous ventriloquist's dummy who belonged to George's grandfather, a favorite traveling act of the British troops in World War II. The two Georges know nothing of each other--until events conspire to unite them in a search to uncover the family's deepest secrets.

Weaving the boy's tale and the puppet's "memoirs," BY GEORGE unveils the fascinating Fisher family--its weak men, its dominant women, its disgruntled boys, and its shocking and dramatic secrets. At once bitingly funny and exquisitely tender, Stace's novel is the unforgettable journey of two young boys separated by years but driven by the same desires: to find a voice, and to be loved.

71 comments:

Sandie Kirkland said...

That sounds like an amazing book; I'd love to read and review it. I'm a sucker for books set in England in the 1940's and 50's, and the theatrical tie-in sounds interesting. My email is skirkland@triad.rr.com Thanks!

Dan said...

The boy on the cover looks like he could be related to the Culkin family. Please enter me in your contest. Thanks.
grumpydan[at]netzero[dot]com

sharon54220 said...

This book sounds very interesting. To me, the eyes look scared and confused. I've always loved ventriloquist's. I would definitely like to win this book.

Thanks

sharon54220@gmail.com

Barbara said...

He looks confused, hurt, lonely. Please enter me into your contest. I LOVE BOOKS!!!!!!!

Melanie said...

This unusual idea caught my attention right away; memoirs of a ventriloquist's dummy? I popped over the author's website to check him out and loved the excerpt of this book, so please count me in for the draw. Thanks!

Annie said...

My dad's name is George and he's from England....but that's neither here nor there lol

Those eyes...to me they are saying "I'm afraid", "help me", but there is some "I'm strong" in there as well.

This book sounds fascinating! I'd love to read it and pass it on to my dad, George, to read!

Thanks

nancyrobster@gmail.com

Cleda said...

It does sound like a wonderful book... and the look on the boys face says come and help me out....

thanks for the opportunity to be included in the drawing...

cedson76255(at)yahoo(dot)com

Amber said...

I love historical fiction and the model on the cover is perfect to draw me in as a reader. Please enter me and thanks for the giveaway.

hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

Shannon said...

confused.

Susan said...

The little boy looks so vulnerable. This sounds so intriguing.

agordon10 said...

very different

mverno said...

i love to read

mindy said...

sounds wonderful to me the little boy looks like he has a deep dark secret he is not sure if he should tell thanks for the giveaway

LaJoyce said...

'Innocence betrayed' are the two words for the boy on the cover!

ashrom@redfoxtv.tv

rmc1ra said...

The isolation of the boy, and the quirkiness of a ventriloquist puppet having "memoirs" makes this story seem an interesting mesh of two worlds.

rmc1ra(at)aol(dot)com

MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

looks interesting

chromiumman said...

his look conveys innocence

Lynne said...

Well this sounds like a very unusual story and I love books that are not mainstream.

demmi said...

the eyes are saying I have seen many things con5459(at)gmail(dot)com

Meredith said...

The little boy's eyes are really sad looking, but the book sounds really interesting.
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Carol Lawrence said...

A boy and a Puppet,enter this bookworm. jelly15301@gmail.com

Belinda said...

I think that the eyes are saying "I hope you don't find out what I did today".
Thanks!
1bmore @ gmail . com

sweetsue said...

I think the boy looks sad and worried.I love his pretty eyes!
smchester at gmail dot com

Felicity said...

You made me do some thinking on those eyes. I think they are saying that I am innocent and want to know more. Thanks for the chance to win this book.

LIDARKSIDE said...

This sounds like a good read. My "OpenID" is my contact email.

Lindsay said...

Interesting pictures -

Those eyes are for sure ... mirrors to his soul. Just by looking at the picture I have a feeling to run off to write my own book !

Interesting book - I am crossing all fingers and toes to win a copy.

redron said...

those eyes look sad

really want to read this

Marie said...

Those eyes have a lot of history in them, both sad and hopeful it seems to me.

vmlay@artsci.wustl.edu

vboackle said...

the eyes look sad and lonely.

Lady Roxi said...

Love to have this. Those eyes say to me "Don't forget about me!"

Thanks,

darkfyre1(at)gmail(dot)com

Anita Yancey said...

It sounds like a very touching book. I like the fact that he grew up during the 70's, it was a very interesting time for me. I would love to read this book. Please enter me.

ayancey(at)dishmail(dot)net

LINDALSHOT said...

I think he looks astonished; shocked. Like he just walked in on his parents.

Gabriel J. said...

Sounds like a great book even if those eyes look sad. Great contest.

danosor said...

Should be an interesting book.I'd love to win.

beth said...

To me the eyes speak truth and honesty. Very intriguing for sure. The description sounds like a fantastic story of highs and lows. Thank you for a chance to win!
tatertot374@sbcglobal.net

mmentor said...

the reviews sound like this would be a read i'd like

Nickolay said...

They are sending a hypnotic message "Buy This Book, Buy This Book, Buy This Book"


jason@allworldautomotive.com

rottawa said...

It looks like the boy is saying..Who am I?

I would love to read this book.

Please enter me

donna R. said...

I'd love to read this book. Thanks for the contest.

Karen said...

Sounds amazing - count me in please :)

ktgonyea at gmail.com

Tarasview said...

his eyes seems so much older than he is so I guess they convey pain in some measure.

wildflower00 said...

The boys eyes look they could tell a story. He looks very said and void. Something has happened to him that no child should have to go through. SAD.......
texasgirl(at)rocketmail(dot)com

ky2here said...

I don't want to be a sad sack but I find it odd to judge the book based on the cover model. Let's assume the book was written first and the artwork was later developed. The book sounds intriguing, sort of like 'at swim, two boys'. Count me in.

windycindy said...

The boys' eyes look empty, forlorn and like he is hopeless! Please enter me in your book drawing.
Many thanks, Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

Erma said...

I would love the chance to win, thanks.
erma.hurtt@sbcglobal.net

Smooshy said...

aw, he looks so sad. like he's seen more than a little boy should have seen by that age.

ksbald2 said...

The boy in the book looks like he has been thf=rough alot of hurt in his short yours. Ksbald2@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

It looks like me when I was but a lad!

theyyyguy@yahoo.com

Jean F said...

Would this be the 1870's? Because I cannot imagine 1970's boarding houses. That would make this a Victorian novel, if so he looks adenoidional...

Candie said...

The picture of the boy almost looks haunting. Thank you.

candieluster(at)gmail(dot)com

Donna M. Clark said...

I think that I would like to read this book about the two Georges. I like books about peoples growing up years, and I think that it will be interesting to see how these 2 Georges get tied in together. Thank you for having this giveaway.

lydiaw said...

The reviews make these look good. Thanks for the giveaway.

Skybluefusion said...

This sounds so interesting. I like that there is a theatre tie-in and books about children always interest me. Children are so much more truthful and interesting than adults.

bleuteam at gmail dot com

Jinxy and Me said...

Looks like a good book. Thanks for the giveaway!

purango said...

The Eyes seem to be saying Help me. garrettsambo@aol.com

Tammy said...

ventriloquist dummies are creepy. I think the boy is scared of it! lol

blown96cobra said...

That boy's haunting gaze sure captures your attention! It makes you want to see what the book is all about!

Timster said...

That sounds like an amazing book.

ZESTYWONDERLAND said...

I AM A BOOK WORM & ALWAYS LOVE A GOOD BOOK!
I READ AROUND 4 TO 5 BOOKS A MONTH.
AFTER I READ THEM , I DONATE THEM TO A LOCAL HOSIPTAL.

Amy said...

This book sounds wonderful! The boy on the cover really captured my attention...his eyes seem as though he is afraid or sad.

CanAmBlond said...

Your review makes this book sound like a great family history, and a good read. I'm always interested in this type of book.

yadgirl said...

This is the kind of book I truly enjoy. I love it when the characters become so real that you feel like you know them.

binabug said...

looks like a good read

LKnott said...

The eyes look haunting. Almost like the Holocaust look. Would enjoy the opportunity to read this book! Thanks for the chance to WIN!!


lknott@partnercom.net

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a good read! His eyes seem to convey a look of a young boy who knows too much.
gracevoigt@yahoo.com

lilyk said...

To me the big eyes of the face on the cover convey innocence and wonder.

ms.lilyk@gmail.com

Swtlilchick said...

Sounds like a great book.I think
the eyes are saying please love me
Thanks for the giveaway

CharlieGurl57@aol.com

Heather said...

His eyes, at least to me, convey that he doesn't get to have a whole lot of fun. There's no 'smile' to them.

Anonymous said...

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Kathy said...

The big eyes on the cover of the book tell me that the boy has seen things that a boy his age shouldn't have seen. A little spooky too.

Michelle Sutton said...

And the winner is...

Carol Lawrence

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