First off, apologies: If you are a winner waiting for a book, it's coming, we promise. We are a bit behind, once again.
In the weeks ahead, we'll be giving away some (though by no means all) of the books featured in this year's Tournament of Books. First up is Anya Ulinich's Petropolis, which Antoine Wilson, writing for the Los Angeles Times, described as "engaging, funny and genuinely moving in all the right places. It is a sparkling debut, a unique comic novel of Homo post-Sovieticus." And Stephan Clark reviewed it right here at TEV:
Like Zadie Smith or John Irving, other novelists who work on a large canvas, the author of Petropolis moves through and credibly evokes many locales and times, and often interests the reader most when she goes on a narrative detour that takes us into the consciousness of someone other than the main character. She's got a controlled voice that can hit the notes between tragedy and comedy, many of her characters have lives as full as those found in a history book, and her background as a painter can be seen in the precise arrangements of her verbal imagery.
We've got a copy of the new paperback edition, courtesy of Penguin, which we'll dispatch (promptly) to one lucky winner per the usual dance steps: Drop us an email, subject line "GOOD ANYA" (sorry), and, as always, include yer freakin' mailing address. Previous winners are ineligible. We'll take all emails until, let's call it 6:00 p.m. PST, and then it's Random Number Generator time. Until then ...