Giveaway ~ Etched On Me by Jenn Crowell

Etched-coverGenre: Contemporary Fiction

Publisher: Washington Square Press (February 4, 2014)

ISBN-10: 1476739064

ISBN-13: 978-1476739069
ASIN: B00DPM7U9Y
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On the surface, sixteen-year-old Lesley Holloway is just another bright new student at Hawthorn Hill, a posh all-girls’ prep school north of London. Little do her classmates know that she recently ran away from home, where her father had spent years sexually abusing her. Nor does anyone know that she’s secretly cutting herself as a coping mechanism…until the day she goes too far and ends up in the hospital.

Lesley spends the next two years in and out of psychiatric facilities, where she overcomes her traumatic memories and finds the support of a surrogate family. Eventually completing university and earning her degree, she is a social services success story—until she becomes unexpectedly pregnant in her early twenties. Despite the overwhelming odds she has overcome, the same team that saved her as an adolescent will now question whether Lesley is fit to be a mother. And so she embarks upon her biggest battle yet: the fight for her unborn daughter.

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post-divider rightEtched on Me by Jenn Crowell hits shelves today, and to celebrate, the publishers offering a finished copy for me to give away here at Lori's Reading Corner.

 

Dear Reader,

ETCHED ON ME was inspired by a shocking true story that made headlines in the UK.  It’s an edgy coming of age tale in which an irrepressible young woman embarks on a suspense-filled fight for custody of her baby daughter.  Writing this novel took me on a heart-wrenching and redemptive literary journey, and I hope it will do the same for you when you read it.

Sincerely,

Jenn Crowell

On the surface, sixteen year-old Lesley Holloway is just another bright new student at Hawthorn Hill, a posh all-girls prep school north of London.  Little do her classmates know that she recently ran away from home, where her father had spent years sexually abusing her.  Nor does anyone know that she’s secretly cutting herself as a coping mechanism…until the day she goes too far and ends up in the hospital.

Lesley spends the next two years in and out of psychiatric facilities, where she overcomes her traumatic memories and finds the support of a surrogate family.  Eventually completing university and earning her degree, she is a social services success story–until she becomes unexpectedly pregnant in her early twenties.  Despite the overwhelming odds she has overcome, the same team that saved her as an adolescent will now question whether Lesley is fit to be a mother.  And so she embarks upon her biggest battle yet: the fight for her unborn daughter.

“With its deft plotting, rich characterization and often hilariously poignant dialogue, Crowell’s latest is a gem.”

— Kirkus Reviews

“Readers will cheer for Lesley’s progress in this against-all-odds, sometimes grueling, suspenseful, and character-rich tale of individuation. Bringing to mind Susanna Kaysen’s memoir Girl, Interrupted or Jeffrey Eugenides’s The Virgin Suicides, Crowell’s novel darkly fascinates.”

— Library Journal

“At turns heartbreaking and difficult to read, this is a raw, unflinching look at mental illness and one girl’s one-step-forward, two-steps-back attempts to claw herself out from under. It’s a sobering, yet empowering reminder: in order to create a meaningful life, sometimes it will take all the fight you have.”

— Booklist

Etched on Me is one of the first authentic, searing portraits of a young woman’s all-out fight for her sanity since I Never Promised You a Rose Garden. There is not one false note in this stark, frightening, and tender story. You will not forget Lesley, or her trials and triumph.”

— Jacquelyn Mitchard, New York Times bestselling author of The Deep End of the Ocean

Etched on Me reinvents the “coming-of-age” novel by making the body of a young woman the center of the drama… As she beats back the abuse from her past and the self-destruction driving her, she discovers there is something alive in her bigger than her rage and hurt. What she has to fight for next will break your heart–just as it should–because what we tell females about themselves is a story that can indeed make or break them. Jenn Crowell will open your eyes with this tale of how the body and heart of a girl can, on her own terms, become that of a woman.”

— Lidia Yuknavitch, author of Dora: A Headcase

 

Giveaway open to residents of the US & Canada only.
​Giveaway ends on February 18th

 



 

Winner will have 48 hours, from the time of notification to confirm their win or another winner will be chosen.

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JENNBorn and raised in rural Pennsylvania, Jenn Crowell found herself the subject of international media attention (including a New York Times photographer documenting her high school graduation) when she signed a two-book contract with Putnam in the spring of 1996, a few weeks shy of her eighteenth birthday.

Her first novel, Necessary Madness, was released to wide critical acclaim the following year, with publicity tours of the US, UK, Italy, and Australia. Following her college graduation (sans NYT), Crowell published Letting the Body Lead in 2002. She then ventured into screenwriting, joining a select group of young independent filmmakers as a 2003 IFP Market Emerging Narrative nominee (for her screenplay adaptation of Necessary Madness) and a 2004 Berlin Film Festival Talent Campus Fellow.

Never one to work by a traditional timetable, she earned her MFA in 2011, fifteen years after signing that first contract. She now lives near Portland, Oregon with her husband, young daughter, and two spoiled longhaired dachshunds.

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  1. Thanks so much for featuring ETCHED ON ME and offering the giveaway, Lori!

  2. Etched on Me is one of those books that I've truly looked forward to reading this year. Thank you so much for hosting this wonderful author and offering this book in a giveaway.

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