I’m so excited! Today I got three shiny new hard copies of Bo Caldwell’s brand new novel City of Tranquil Light. Caldwell wrote the bestseller The Distant Land of My Father, her first novel set in WWII Shanghai, in 2001. This excellent new novel (I’ve read it) takes place in the north China plain and tells the unusual love story of Will and Katherine Kiehn, 1906-1966.
One of these three books can be yours. Just keep reading.
This is a novel, not a memoir, so why am I even talking about it on www.100memoirs? Good question! Like a number of recent bestselling novels (Kathryn Stockett’s The Help and Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom), this one includes memoir material in it. In City of Tranquil Light, one of the two protagonists is a journal writer, and her words are included as journal excerpts because she died years before her husband narrates their story. Author Caldwell also credits her own grandfather’s memoir as well as a host of other biographies and memoirs that provide the “backstory.” If you have been coming to 100memoirs often, you know that Mennonite memoir is a favorite sub-genre here.
So, now that you know why I am giving away a novel rather than a memoir, here’s how you can be entered to win the book giveaway: Leave a comment on this post that answers one or more of the following questions. The post doesn’t have to be long or profound. I am not picking the “best” one, but I am interested in your candid comments. The contest ends on Monday night September 20 at 10 p.m. EDST. I will do a drawing of three names from among all the comments this post receives. Hey, your odds are good. Better, and cheaper, than a lottery ticket! Answer one of the questions below by clicking on the “comments” section at the end of this post.
Which would you rather read, a memoir-like novel or a novel-like memoir? Why?
How hard do you think it will be for Bo Caldwell to keep you turning pages in a novel about 20th-century American Mennonite missionaries in China? Do you expect this subject to be interesting? Why or why not?