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March 18, 2014

Today's Featured Title and Contest March 18, 2014

This Special Newsletter spotlights a book coming out this spring that we know people will be talking about over the next few months. Read more about it, and enter our Spring Preview Contest by Wednesday, March 19th at noon ET for a chance to win one of five copies of THE SNOW QUEEN by Michael Cunningham, which releases on May 6th. Please note that each contest is only open for 24 hours, so you will need to act quickly!

Today's Featured Book and Contest: THE SNOW QUEEN by Michael Cunningham

Michael Cunningham’s luminous novel begins with a vision. It’s November 2004. Barrett Meeks, having lost love yet again, is walking through Central Park when he is inspired to look up at the sky; there he sees a pale, translucent light that seems to regard him in a distinctly godlike way. Barrett doesn’t believe in visions --- or in God --- but he can’t deny what he’s seen.

At the same time, in the not-quite-gentrified Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn, Tyler, Barrett’s older brother, a struggling musician, is trying --- and failing --- to write a wedding song for Beth, his wife-to-be, who is seriously ill. Tyler is determined to write a song that will be not merely a sentimental ballad but an enduring expression of love.

Barrett, haunted by the light, turns unexpectedly to religion. Tyler grows increasingly convinced that only drugs can release his creative powers. Beth tries to face mortality with as much courage as she can summon.

Cunningham follows the Meeks brothers as each travels down a different path in his search for transcendence. In subtle, lucid prose, he demonstrates a profound empathy for his conflicted characters and a singular understanding of what lies at the core of the human soul.

THE SNOW QUEEN releases on May 6th.

-Click here to read more about the book.

Click here to enter the contest by noon ET on Wednesday, March 19th.

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