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Book Giveaway: Visible City


Tova Mirvis is giving away one copy of her soon-to-be-released novel, Visible City.


From the press kit:

Nina spends her evenings spying on the older couple across the street through her young son’s Fisher-Price binoculars. She is drawn to their quiet contentment—reading on the couch, massaging each other’s feet—so unlike her own lonely, chaotic world of tending and soothing her children. One night, through that same window, she spies a young couple in the throes of passion. Who are these young people, and what happened to her symbol of domestic happiness?

In the coming weeks, Nina encounters both the older couple and the young lovers on the streets of her neighborhood, and as anonymity gives way to different—and sometimes dangerous— forms of intimacy, they all begin to question their own paths.

Of Nina, Tova writes: "I gave Nina many of my own feelings and experiences of motherhood. I came of age as a mother amid the onslaught of so many books and theories about how we are supposed to raise our kids. So much advice, so many people who are sure they know what is right. I wanted to situate Nina on the cross section of so many anxieties about motherhood. I gave this feeling of being inundated by the expectations of modern motherhood to Nina, that constant whispering voice that whatever way you are doing it is the wrong way."

About the Author:  Tova Mirvis is the author of The Outside World and The Ladies Auxiliary, which was a national bestseller. Her essays have appeared in various anthologies and newspapers, including the New York Times, Good Housekeeping, and Poets and Writers, and her fiction has been broadcast on National Public Radio. She has been a visiting scholar at the Brandeis Women’s Studies Research Center and is the recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council Fiction Fellowship.

Read more about Tova on her website.


Leave a comment and your email address at the end of this post, and you'll be entered in her random drawing. Or, if you prefer, send your comment via email to lmblogcontact(at)literarymama(dot)com. Entry deadline: March 12th.

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Ahhh, the expectations and the voice (sometimes literally coming out of another mother's mouth) that we are doing it wrong...the most painful of judgements in my view. After all, where are the rules printed and who wrote the manual, we all say jokingly, more often than seriously. My fall back now is that I'm the best mother I can be today to these kids. All the advice in the world and whispered suggestions for improvement will not assist your broken heart when that child is wounded or diagnosed with a rare disease as mine was. The busy-body know-it-alls, are just as shattered as the rest of us then and flying by the seat of their pants. Each of us has everything we need to mother our kids, and we dig deep to find it when we really need to.
The plot sounds interesting, and I can certainly sympathize with a young mother trying to wade through the joys and monotony of raising young children. I would love to read this book!
I appreciate the "path questioning" in all of your writing lately. Looking forward to reading the latest.
This is a gorgeous cover, and I look forward to reading the book! Watching strangers is one of my favorite things about life in a busy city.
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