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June 19, 2014

Today's Featured Title and Contest June 19, 2014

This Special Newsletter spotlights a book that we think is a great summer reading selection. Read more about it, and enter our Summer Reading Contest by Friday, June 20th at 11:59am ET for a chance to win one of five copies of FLYING SHOES by Lisa Howorth, which is now in stores. Please note that each contest is only open for 24 hours, so you will need to act quickly!

Today's Featured Book and Contest: FLYING SHOES by Lisa Howorth

From the cofounder of Oxford’s legendary Square Books --- a stunning debut novel set in Mississippi in 1996, based on the real-life, long-unsolved murder of the author’s young stepbrother.

Mary Byrd Thornton could understand how a reporter couldn’t resist the story: a nine-year-old boy sexually molested and killed on Mother's Day, 1966. A suspect to whom nothing would stick. A neighborhood riddled with secrets. No one, especially the bungling or complicit authorities, had been able to solve the crime. Now, thirty years later, the reporter’s call will reel a reluctant Mary Byrd from Mississippi back to Virginia where she must confront her family --- and, once again, the murder’s irremovable stain of tragedy.

Lisa Howorth’s remarkable FLYING SHOES is a work of fiction, but the murder is based on the still-unsolved case of her stepbrother, a front page story in the Washington Post. And yet this is not a crime novel; it is an honest and luminous story of a particular time and place in the South, where even calamitous weather can be a character, everyone has a story, and all are inextricably entwined. With a flamboyant cast, splendid dark humor, a potent sense of history, and a shocking true story at its heart, FLYING SHOES is a rich and candid novel from a fresh new voice about family and memory and one woman’s flight from a wounded past.

Click here to enter the contest by Friday, June 20th at 11:59am ET.
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