Monday, July 27, 2009

Book Giveaway: The Lost Dog by Michelle de Kretser


About the Book:

Tom Loxley, an Indian-Australian professor, is less concerned with finishing his book on Henry James than with finding his dog, who is lost in the Australian bush.

Joining his daily hunt is Nelly Zhang, an artist whose husband disappeared mysteriously years before Tom met her. Although Nelly helps him search for his beloved pet, Tom isn't sure if he should trust this new friend.

Tom has preoccupations other than his book and Nelly and his missing dog, mainly concerning his mother, who is suffering from the various indignities of old age. He is constantly drawn from the cerebral to the primitive--by his mother's infirmities, as well as by Nelly's attractions. THE LOST DOG makes brilliant use of the conventions of suspense and atmosphere while leading us to see anew the ever-present conflicts between our bodies and our minds, the present and the past, the primal and the civilized.


About the Author:

Michelle de Kretser was born in Sri Lanka and emigrated to Australia when she was fourteen. She was educated in Melbourne and Paris and has worked as an editor and a book reviewer.

The Hamilton Case, her second novel, received the Commonwealth Writers Prize (SE Asia and Pacific region), and the Society of Authors’ (U.K.) Encore Award for best second novel of the year. It was also first runner-up for Barnes & Noble’s Discover Award in Fiction, and a New York Times Notable Book.

The Lost Dog is her third novel. It was a finalist for the Commonwealth Writers Prize and received the 2008 Christina Stead Prize for fiction.

To read about Michelle's inspiration of the book, visit the publisher's website.

CONTEST DETAILS

To enter, share something about your pet, if you have one. If you don't have a pet, tell us something that you are thankful for.

Rules:
1. Please include your email address, so that I can contact you if you win.
2. For an extra entry, sign up to be a follower. If you're already a follower, let me know and you'll get the extra entry as well.
3. For another extra entry, subscribe via googlereader or blogger or by email and let me know that you do.
4. For another entry, blog about this giveaway and send me the link.
5. Leave a separate comment for each entry or you'll only be entered once.

The contest is limited to US and Canada only. No P.O. boxes. The contest ends at 6 pm on August 15, 2009.

Thanks so much to Valerie and Hatchette Books Group for sponsoring this giveaway!

64 comments:

  1. YaY! First Commenter! This looks like a very good book! Count me in!
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  2. Im a follower!
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  3. I don't have a pet at the moment but I am thankful for my family and our health. My husband is amazing and we have 2 beautiful children together. Also, my parents live close by so we get to see each other often.

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  5. I have 2 cats named Roxxy and Shadow , 1 dog named Paris and a inside Rabbit named Fuzzy Bunny:)

    I love all my "children " to bits they alway bring a smile to my face !!!

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  7. I have a cat named Wiley and he is crazy! He sleeps spread eagle on his back, sits leaning against any wall and when he does this he looks like a drunk penguin. Thanks for this giveaway and please count me in

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  8. I subscribe via email

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  9. I follow your blog

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  10. My dog Max loves to chase flies in the house! He is better than a flyswatter!
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  11. We have two cats; one is a fluffy sweet boy and the other is a snippy princess girl. I guess they balance each other out!

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  12. I follow.

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  13. We have fish and 5 lizards. We have a reptile room that doesn't really thrill me although some of the lizards are kind of fun.

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  14. Am already a follower. Love dogs.
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  15. I have a Dog, her name is Domino and she is a chihuahua poodle mix

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  20. I have a 3-legged rescue cat - Cammie

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  21. I follow

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  22. I have two very spoiled cats who are not enjoying this summer heat and humidity at all! :)

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  23. I'm a follower.

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  24. I have a cat. She likes to sit in the windows and watch the birds outside.

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  25. I am thankful for my husband, even if he is allergic to everything with fur or feathers. :^) Thank you!

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  26. And I'm already a follower; thank you!

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  27. I subscribe via Google Reader and e-mail; thanks so much!

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  28. I would love to win this book, I am a loyal follower.

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  29. My cat passed away this year. My son picks a dandelion for her just about every day.

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  30. I have five cats, a lovebird and two turtles. I don't know how to pick just one of them to comment on. However I'll say that the oldest Fancy is the sweetest cat, very easy going, and the least timid of all of them.

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  31. I follow

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  32. I blogged it:

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  33. I have an Alaskan Malamute named Kouga. He is a certified therapy dog. He loves to go to nursing homes and schools. He brings love and joy to everyone he meets.

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  34. we lost our beloved cat this summer after 18 years. we miss him everyday, he had such character and made us laugh at least once a day
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  36. My dog sheds so much hair, that I could make a whole new dog.

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  37. My cat is a rare breed--a devon rex.

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  38. i'm a follower
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  39. i subscribe via email
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  40. Please enter my name in your draw.

    I am a follower.

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  41. We have a cute inside cat! Who at the moment lost his collar!
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  42. I don't have a pet, but I'm thankful for my four boys, and my youngest I call my naughty monkey (so kind of a pet).

    Thanks for the giveaway.

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    My adorable furbaby is a cat, and she loves to play hide and seek! No lie! Then she jumps out at me and runs away to hide again lol

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  44. I have four Chihuahua's that keep me sane. Please include me in your giveaway.
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  45. I am a follower.
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  46. I am a subscriber.
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  47. Sounds like a good book. I have a dog, a rescued schnoodle. She was a mess when she came to us: heartworm positive, horrible skin and ear infections, and all kinds of parasites. She is such a wonderful dog, so kind and loving. We love her and we are so glad tha she came in to our lives 6 yers ago.
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  51. I got my pet turtle when it was the size of a silver dollar and now he's as big as both my hands!

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  53. My favorite pets are the ones I have right now, Tatum Dog and Meow- Meow. Thank you

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  54. Pets...we have 6 dogs and 11 cats right now among other animals. My dog is a min pin, 8 years old and very protective of me. He thinks he is my baby.

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  55. We have twin black cats. For some reason, there are a LOT of black cats in our neighborhood. Also a lot of skunks. It can be easy to mistake a skunk for a cat if you can't see the whole thing. The cats and skunks are all so used to each other,they get along great and no one gets sprayed. It's all very weird.

    I'd love to read this book -- no skunks, right? Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

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  56. I'm a Follower in Google Reader!

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  57. I have 2 dogs Ginger and Vinny who are very spoiled! We also have a cat Salem jinx, who had 5 kittens about a week ago. We love our pets they are so loyal and are like our kids! Thanks! jacquecurl1@gmail.com

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  58. I already follow. jacquecurl1@gmail.com

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  59. I subscribe by email.jacquecurl1@gmail.com

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  60. looks like a great read thanks

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  61. I'm a subscriber. 4 cat family here

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    thanks

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  62. I have a cat named Fiona.
    I would love a chance to win.
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  63. I am also a subscriber.

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  64. I don't have any pets, mine kept dying and then well... I figured I would just leave it at that. I am thankful for all the beautiful things in my life, including my loving and caring family and friends.

    Please enter me and thank you!

    Aliya D.
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