As you may have heard from Erica at the Olive Reader, we hosted several bloggers and four authors in our offices today at Harper Perennial and Harper paperbacks. Erica is giving away two of the books from the hosted authors on Olive Reader now, and I'm happy to offer the other two books up to non-attending BEA folks here! I'll pick 3 commenters from all those who comment by Wednesday at midnight ET to receive a copy of both books! And check in with Armchair BEA throughout the week for more giveaways.
Jerusalem Maiden by Talia Carner
In the waning days of the Ottoman Empire, a young Orthodox Jewish woman in the holy city of Jerusalem is expected to marry and produce many sons to help hasten the Messiah's arrival. While the feisty Esther Kaminsky understands her obligations, her artistic talent inspires her to secretly explore worlds outside her religion, to dream of studying in Paris—and to believe that God has a special destiny for her. When tragedy strikes her family, Esther views it as a warning from an angry God and suppresses her desires in order to become an obedient "Jerusalem maiden."
But when a surprising opportunity forces itself on to her preordained path, Esther finds her beliefs clashing dangerously with the passions she has staved off her entire life—forcing her to confront the most difficult and damning question of all: To whom must she be true, God or herself?
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Fathermucker by Greg Olear
Stay-at-home dad Josh Lansky has held everything together—a five-year-old with Aspergers, the most stubborn three-year-old known to man, the mommies, the mice in the walls, and the chance to interview a local rock star for his "Fathermucker" blog—during his wife Stacy’s business trip. But now it’s Friday, and the revelation that Stacy might be having an affair upsets the rickety apple cart that is life. What Josh needs is a break. He’s not going to get one.
A smart, funny, and compelling novel of a day in the life of one family, Fathermucker is a snapshot of modern fatherhood.