EDIWTB June Book Club: THE LOCAL NEWS by Miriam Gershow

I am happy to announce – very far in advance – the June EDIWTB book club pick: The Local News by Miriam Gershow. I wrote about The Local News in February, and I was excited when I was approached by TLC Book Tours to participate in a blog book tour for it this summer.

First, a little bit about the book. From Amazon:

Local-news Bright, precocious but socially awkward Lydia Pasternak reports on the aftermath of her older brother's disappearance in Gershow's accomplished debut. Danny was everything Lydia wasn't: at ease with their parents, popular in school, physically imposing, beloved by the opposite sex. Danny went from being Lydia's playmate in their youth to her tormentor in high school, so his disappearance leaves Lydia with some very mixed feelings, one of which is relief. As time goes on and the weekend search parties prove more and more fruitless, Lydia struggles with the fact that her geeky best friend, David, has feelings for her; she also obsesses over the private investigator hired by the family and allows herself to be sucked into the social world Danny once dominated. Lydias perspective gives this Lovely Bones–esque story line an unflinching quality as she details the emotional damage that reverberates even through her 10-year high school reunion. Gershows psychologically acute grasp of the mundane, ugly details that accompany tragedy, combined with an understanding of the tragicomedy of high school, make for a stark and merciless narrative, leavened by Lydia's wry insights.

I've been wanting to read this book ever since I learned about it.

So here's the deal. I have 12 copies of The Local News to give away to EDIWTB reader who want to participate in the online book club, which will take place here on Monday June 15th. So I will do a giveaway for the 12 copies. If you are interested in participating, please leave me a comment here with your email address. I will do a random drawing a week from today – Thursday May 1. If you want to participate but you don't get one of the 12 copies, then I hope you will buy a copy or find it at your local library and support Miriam Gershow and her first book!

Click here to read an exceprt from the book, and visit Miriam Gershow's website. And please enter the giveaway if you want to participate!

25 Comments

  • April 24, 2009 - 12:15 am | Permalink

    I would love to participate in the online book club.

  • April 24, 2009 - 12:16 am | Permalink

    Sorry, forgot my email:
    ravndahl@hotmail.com

  • Chel
    April 24, 2009 - 4:01 am | Permalink
  • April 24, 2009 - 8:26 am | Permalink

    I already have a copy. I put it on my calendar and I’ll try to have it read!

  • Carol
    April 24, 2009 - 8:41 am | Permalink

    This has been on my list to read since you blogged about it in Feb. I’d love to participate. Thanks.

  • April 24, 2009 - 8:56 am | Permalink

    I’d love to participate. I’ve heard lots of good things about this book, so I’m anxious to see if it is good.

  • April 24, 2009 - 8:59 am | Permalink

    I’ll try to have my copy read by then, too. Don’t enter me.

  • April 24, 2009 - 9:11 am | Permalink

    I’d love to participate! I heard about this book before as well – it sounds really interesting.
    lauren.gibaldi@gmail.com

  • April 24, 2009 - 9:22 am | Permalink

    sounds like a good book…I’ll jump on board. If I don’t win a copy, I can probably pick one up in time for bookclub

  • April 24, 2009 - 9:35 am | Permalink

    As someone in the seemingly interminably long line at the library for this book, I’d love to win!

  • April 24, 2009 - 10:15 am | Permalink

    oooh ooh pick me! I almost bought this yesterday! I’d to take part.
    rmanwill@gmail.com

  • April 24, 2009 - 12:29 pm | Permalink

    I also already have a copy, but would love to participate in the discussion!

  • Lisa
    April 24, 2009 - 12:38 pm | Permalink

    Looking forward to the discussion! I already have the book.

  • April 24, 2009 - 7:39 pm | Permalink

    I would like to be entered.
    I saw the book at the local book store.

  • Paula
    April 25, 2009 - 1:16 pm | Permalink

    I would love to participate in the online book club. Please enter me for a copy

  • KellyC
    April 25, 2009 - 3:22 pm | Permalink

    Sounds like a good read. I’d like to participate. Thanks!

  • Miriam
    April 25, 2009 - 4:40 pm | Permalink

    I would love to participate. I love these discussions.

  • Marcia
    April 25, 2009 - 4:42 pm | Permalink

    I want to do this. Please choose me!

  • Melissa
    April 25, 2009 - 6:44 pm | Permalink

    I miss so much being in a book club – please enter me
    wlcgrad@yahoo.com

  • Kori
    April 26, 2009 - 10:24 am | Permalink

    I would love to participate!

  • Heather
    April 27, 2009 - 4:23 am | Permalink

    Please include me in the drawing!

  • April 27, 2009 - 12:42 pm | Permalink

    I’m always in for the EDIWTB book club!

  • Darby Lohrding
    April 27, 2009 - 11:11 pm | Permalink

    Gayle,
    I love your picks for your book club reads! So many have responded to your post, I hope I am one of the luckies!!!
    Thanks so much,
    Darby
    darbyscloset at yahoo dot com

  • Amy Weiswasser
    April 28, 2009 - 11:55 am | Permalink

    I’d love to read it!

  • Stephanie C.
    April 29, 2009 - 12:32 am | Permalink

    I would love to particpate!

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