When it was published in hardcover last year, Joshua Henkin's Matrimony was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, a Book Sense Pick and a Borders Original Voices selection. The novel, about two men--Carter and Julian--from completely different pasts, who meet in college and set their sights on the same woman, is just out in paperback. Matrimony tells the story of Julian and Mia's marriage over the course of 20 years, including Carter's return to their life, and the upheaval his return brings to them all. No less a literary lion than Michael Cunningham praised Matrimony saying, "In the tradition of John Cheever and Richard Yates ... a novel about love, hope, delusion, and the intricate ways in which time's passage raises us up even as it grinds us down. It's a beautiful book."
As you can imagine, Matrimony is a great book for book group discussion and Henkin totally gets book groups. Read his post from earlier this year in praise of them from the great blog Books on the Brain. He is also available to join your book group by phone, or if you're in the NY tristate area, in person--fill out the form here and check out the reading group guide here.
Henkin is on tour for the paperback now, and you can catch him at Book Group Expo next month as well. I'm thrilled to be able to offer one signed copy of Matrimony for giveaway -- I'll do a random drawing of everyone who comments that they've gone to Henkin's site to sign up for his own contest for reading groups -- sign up on his reading group form and be entered to win copies of the book for your entire group plus a world-famous Junior's cheesecake delivered to your home in time for your meeting! So sign up there, and comment here to let me know,and you'll be entered to win!