Monday, September 2, 2013


Dear Readers,

We are giving away a book to a reader who follows this blog AND leaves a comment in the Comments section below, along with your email address. This is a hardcover book, not an ebook. Throw your hat in the ring for a chance to win! Winner selected by and contest open until next Sunday, Sept. 8 at 12:00pm EST. Winner announced on next Sunday's blog! Good luck!

MOTHER, MOTHER by Koren Zailckas. 

When Zailckas’s memoir Smashed was published in 2005 it took the world by storm. The riveting, absorbing story of her teenage alcoholism was a tour-de-force, sold over a half million copies, and has become a touchstone of the memoir genre. Now, she turns her considerable talent to fiction writing, with a darkly suspenseful debut novel that is taut, compelling, and ultimately terrifying.

While authors get their inspiration from many places, Koren didn’t need to look further than her own childhood when she decided to tackle the topic of a dysfunctional family. Growing up, several members of her family showed traits and characteristics of Narcissistic Personality Disorder, including her own mother. She decided to write MOTHER, MOTHER in part to challenge the assumption that all mothers are compassionate and kind. Deeply personal, Koren’s first foray into fiction showcases her brilliant, firecracker prose, a page-turning plot, and an unmistakable voice.

Early Praise for MOTHER, MOTHER:
"Koren Zailckas's Mother Mother is disturbing in the best possible way: believably. The slow, subtle darkness at the core of this book starts as a trickle and grows to a flash flood, and not once does it stop feeling absolutely authentic. Zailckas has written a gut-wrenching exploration of narcissism, dependence and family. It's an amazing book." –Kelly Braffet, author of Save Yourself
“A riveting fiction debut…it’s the kind of book that keeps you up at night, featuring a mother to rival Medea or Mrs. Bates…The shocking and violent denouement shows Zailckas to be a consummate storyteller.” –Publishers Weekly
“Zailckas crafts an intriguing mystery surrounding this family that will keep readers on edge as she slowly peels back layer after layer of deception.” –Booklist
“A hall of mirrors reflecting chaotic maternal psychological mayhem reminiscent of Mommie Dearest or Push or Ordinary People.”–Kirkus Reviews


  1. I might have a chance to win this one. I like memoirs, light or dark. There seems to be a bit of darkness in all really true memoirs. Thanks for entering me.

  2. Got to read Mother, Mother. The product of a dysfunctional family, it's hard to find anyone else who can admit they didn't come from a Leave it to Beaver family.
    Kath Marsh

  3. I've heard about this author, her book Smashed and this new one as well. Both books sound like just the sort of gritty stuff I enjoy reading. Koren Zailckas has quickly moved up on my reading list, I'd love to win a copy of Mother, Mother. Thanks for the giveaway.
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  4. I follow YOUR BLOG by email: carlscott(at)prodigy(dot)net(dot)mx
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  6. Great blog. I've been studying how to portray narcissistic personality disorder for a book I'm currently writing. This should be part of my research, dontcha think?

  7. I am dealing with alcoholism in my novel, as well as teenage date rape and living with the after math. Even though my subject is heavy and dark, I want to show the lighter side of life as well. It is difficult to respect the subject and show it with all the different depths of pain and humor.

  8. I would love to read MOTHER, MOTHER thank you. It sounds quite intense.

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  9. I would like to read Mother, Mother. It's good to see an author write about NPD and dysfunctional families, so that more people can read what it's like to grow up in this kind of family. Thanks for the giveaway.


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