Each month the Book Trout swims through the shelves at Old Saratoga Books to select a free book for one of our bloggy readers. Last month I selected Timothy Lewontin's "Parson's Mill", his account of his apprenticeship as a sawyer at a Vermont sawmill, as our free book giveaway selection and am happy to announce that Evenlake is the winner. Congratulations Evenlake!
For the August book giveaway, the Book Trout is offering a hardcover copy of the late Susan Sontag's novel, "The Volcano Lover" (NY: Farrar Straus Giroux, 1992). Known more for her essays and erudite, philosophical prose, this novel was a surprise bestseller for Sontag. It is based on the lives of Lord Horatio Nelson, Emma Hamilton, and her husband, Sir William Hamilton. As the dust jacket notes "The Volcano Lover is about revolution, the fate of nature, the condition of women, operatic emotions and stories from Don Giovanni to Tosca, art and the collector's obsessions, and, above all, love". If you like passionate and interesting literary fiction, a la Umberto Eco, I think you will like this book.
To enter the book giveaway, simply leave a comment below by midnight of August 31st, Eastern Standard Time, and the winner will be randomly selected from the participants. Good luck to all.