February 22, 2009

Giveaway: Sway by Zachary Lazar

WINNERS: Gwendolyn in Rhode Island, Cheryl in Illinois, Mary Jane in South Carolina, Brenda in New Jersey and Lenda in Ohio.

Special thanks to Valerie at Hachette for sponsoring this giveaway.


Three dramatic and emblematic stories intertwine in Zachary Lazar's extraordinary new novel, SWAY--the early days of the Rolling Stones, including the romantic triangle of Brian Jones, Anita Pallenberg, and Keith Richards; the life of avant-garde filmmaker Kenneth Anger; and the community of Charles Manson and his followers.

Lazar illuminates an hour in American history when rapture found its roots in idolatrous figures and led to unprovoked and inexplicable violence. Connecting all the stories in this novel is Bobby Beausoleil, a beautiful California boy who appeared in an Anger film and eventually joined the Manson "family."

With great artistry, Lazar weaves scenes from these real lives together into a true but heightened reality, making superstars human, giving demons reality, and restoring mythic events to the scale of daily life.


"One hypnotic tone poem.... It is not the now-historic acts of violence that make Sway so riveting, but its vivid character portraits and decadent, muzzy atmosphere, all rendered with the heightened sensory awareness associated with drugs and paranoia.

The near miniaturist precision with which he describes Keith Richards's attempts to master his guitar, Brian Jones's acid trips and Anger's obsessive desire for Beausoleil bring this large-scale tableau into stunning relief." --Liz Brown, Time Out New York




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    I will take entries until 9:00pm CST Sunday, March 1st and the winners will be announced Monday, March 2nd. Open to US and Canada only.

    Winner must respond to notification email within 48 hours or a new winner will be selected.

    Good Luck!!

    Thank you to Sweeties Sweeps for listing my blog giveaway.

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