Wednesday, August 19, 2009

BOOK GIVEAWAY: Kick off your Manolos, dig into recession lit with "Social Lives"

Last week, Ruth La Ferla's eloquent piece in the Style section of The New York Times forecast a new trend for women's fiction: "recession lit." "Once unabashedly focused on the perks of wealth and fame, this spate of new fiction is tackling the recession and its attendant woes," wrote La Ferla. In the story, she quoted this section from Social Lives, a novel coming next month by our client Wendy Walker.

“There was little equity in the house after the loan for the new wing they’d put on last year, and the severe drop in the housing market,” she frets. “Nothing remained in the checking account beyond what was needed to pay the bills.”

Can you relate, dear Reader?

GalleyCat interviewed Wendy last Friday about the new economic reality facing women's fiction. Specifically, they asked her about the experience of publishing exactly two novels that focus on women in wealthy communities: one pre-recession (Four Wives), and one mid-recession (Social Lives). From Financial Times onward, everyone in the publishing industry - as well as those who make the the publishing industry possible, readers - are keeping an eye out for writers and books that grapple with the tightened purses of our times. Call it the Age of Recess.

Because we here at P&P are taking the recession lit trend as seriously as anyone, we thought we'd offer something to our plucky readers who could use a little freebie. A moment of escapism while you ignore your 401K, browse online sales, and brew coffee at home! See how the once very, very privileged ladies of Wilshire are navigating the recession waters, in particular Jacqueline Halstead's husband, whose hedge fund husband is being investigated for fraud. (Read Wendy's blog post - and a very moving reader comment - about her character Jacqueline here).

We'll select two winners for this book giveaway. To enter, just leave a comment below, and don't forget to include your email address so we can notify you. Contest closes next Wednesday!

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Blogger AnnieBlogs said...

Oh yes! I would LOVE a copy!! Got my fingers crossed. :)

August 19, 2009 at 1:55 PM  
Blogger Courtney said...

I would love this book! Great publicity P&P, as always...

August 19, 2009 at 3:08 PM  
Anonymous indiana said...

I would like a copy please. I hope I win!

indiana at adoredaustin dot com

August 19, 2009 at 4:57 PM  
Blogger Tolly Moseley - Senior Publicist said...

YAY! Thanks for your entries, ladies. :)

August 19, 2009 at 5:36 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

I'd love a freebie! And what a fun promotion for a book inspired by the recession.

(e-mail: rachel.hamblin at gmail dot com)

August 20, 2009 at 9:18 AM  
Blogger SavingDiva said...

I would love a copy!!! :D

savingforhome at gmail dot com

August 21, 2009 at 10:54 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Count me in! Thanks for the chance to win!

August 21, 2009 at 10:59 AM  
Blogger Kendra Crispin, RYT said...

Sounds like a fascinating book. Will put it on my to-read-one-day list, for sure!

August 21, 2009 at 11:54 PM  
Blogger becauseIsaidso said...

No more Excess, time for the Age of Recess...please enter me & thanks!

chicagolair at hotmail dot come

August 22, 2009 at 6:55 PM  
Blogger Holly said...

I'd love to read this one!

August 23, 2009 at 4:43 PM  
Blogger ginger said...

I can relate.
gingergari at gmail dot com

August 23, 2009 at 10:55 PM  
Blogger Park Avenue Princess said...

"Recession Lit" I absolutely LOVE That term! I'm going to "borrow it"! I'd LOVE to be entered for your contest! Thank you for hosting it!

x0xx Amy (Park-Avenue Princess)

IAmHiMaintenance at aol dot com

August 24, 2009 at 6:32 AM  
Blogger jeneth said...

Oh. I'll play. 4 wives was so amazing and I feel in love with the money in the tub trailer! I have become a wendy walker fan! Russell & Shelby know this -- LOL :)

Jen Blackert

August 24, 2009 at 11:19 PM  
Blogger Autumn said...

This sounds like a good book, something different!

August 25, 2009 at 12:44 PM  
Blogger Becky said...

This definitely looks like a good read - fingers crossed indeed!

August 25, 2009 at 12:50 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

I really want to read this book...sounds interesting!

August 25, 2009 at 12:53 PM  
Blogger AJM said...

would love to read this book!!!

August 25, 2009 at 12:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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August 25, 2009 at 12:59 PM  
Blogger JC said...

Sound like a great book!

August 25, 2009 at 1:10 PM  
Blogger Evidence of an Artistic Life said...

This sounds interesting-I would love to read it!

August 25, 2009 at 1:12 PM  
Blogger Mary Pat said...

I would love a copy!

August 25, 2009 at 1:59 PM  
Blogger J said...

It sounds like a good read. I'd really like to win this freebie.

jonnyq534 at gmail dot com

August 25, 2009 at 2:03 PM  
Blogger Tolly Moseley - Senior Publicist said...

YAY! We can't wait to pick a winner tomorrow for Social Lives!

We'll give everyone the majority of Wednesday to enter, then close it up at 5pm CT. At that time, we'll choose our big winner. GOOD LUCK, everyone!!

August 25, 2009 at 3:55 PM  
Blogger daydreamer said...

This book sounds great! I would love it :)

August 25, 2009 at 4:50 PM  
Blogger Shoshanah said...

That sounds really interesting. I'd love a copy!

August 25, 2009 at 5:40 PM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

I'd love a copy!!

August 25, 2009 at 6:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ooooh - great contest. I too would love a copy.

mandylgeier at yahoo dot com

August 26, 2009 at 8:57 AM  
Blogger Sadie said...

Sounds like a good book, please enter me to win it!1 (

August 26, 2009 at 10:54 AM  
Blogger solitabrenae said...

This looks really interesting...
I gotta read it :)

August 26, 2009 at 11:06 AM  
Blogger justbeingvocal said...

Hope I'm not too late!

August 26, 2009 at 1:13 PM  
Blogger Tolly Moseley - Senior Publicist said...

Just 35 more mins. to enter! We'll pick a winner at 5pm CT, and announce the winner shortly after that. W00t!

August 26, 2009 at 4:26 PM  
Blogger daydreamer said...

forgot to include email address: kripa.dwivedi at gmail dot com

August 27, 2009 at 9:25 AM  
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