April 1, 2013

Giveaway: The Mermaid of Brooklyn

First, I have to tell you about Amy. We met she when she was very pregnant and I was interviewing for some freelance work at Domino. Soon after, the magazine had folded, and I kept bumping into her in the neighborhood. I also kept lingering longer each time. I just liked her, and that doesn’t happen that often. She’s the kind of person you trust implicitly, whose own warmth and comfort with herself instantly puts you at ease. Plus, she’s very funny in a sweet, self-deprecating way that’s pretty much impossible to resist. Running into each other at coffee shops turned into meeting for walks around Prospect Park on hot afternoons. She’s probably one of the most natural friends I’ve made in my adult life.

I read her new book, The Mermaid of Brooklyn, in those dark days of January when I wanted to climb into bed and forget the realities of my life. The book didn’t take me far away (it takes place in Park Slope), but it managed to help me forget my troubles while simultaneously soothing them. I was intoxicated by the idea–that a gutsy mermaid slips into the body of a despairingly depressed mom. Who among us hasn’t ever wished some fiercer version of ourselves would take the reins? But that’s only one aspect of a book that ended up telling a more story more captivating and real than any fairy tale: that there is goodness in the world and fullness all around us, even when it doesn’t feel like it.

One very lucky Pink of Perfection reader will win a copy. Leave a comment by 11:59PM EST 4/4 to be eligible. Happy spring reading!

Update 4/5: And the winner is Mallory! Thanks to all for entering. Hope you’ll still go out and buy a copy or get on the library waiting list. It’s worth it!

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  • sydney85: I have just retired and need some great books to read. Hope I win.5 years ago

  • Mallory: Sounds lovely!5 years ago

  • Michelle Kraetschmer: Oh, I do so need something to take my mind off of the realities of lingering winter!5 years ago

  • Katherine: The book sounds great!5 years ago

  • Katie: This books sounds lovely… Even if I don’t win I’ll check it out… I need to get my mind off of work and a new novel might just be the right trick!5 years ago

  • Heather: Sounds great…I would love to read it. Thanks for offering a giveaway!5 years ago

  • Alisha: Wonderful! I’d love to read this.5 years ago

  • Sarah: this looks perfect for my upcoming trip to the east coast ๐Ÿ™‚5 years ago

  • Lindsay: Perfect timing, I need something new to read!5 years ago

  • Tami (Teacher Goes Back to School): i’m always looking for something new to read and i love following amy on twitter.5 years ago

  • Lisa: Lovely! I’m adding it to my list.5 years ago

  • Janelle: I love a good book!5 years ago

  • Helle: Hi. I live in Scotland so I’m not sure if I’m eligible but I thought I’d leave a comment anyway. I’ve been putting together a reading list for my holidays in Portugal and this book sounds great!5 years ago

  • Debbie Smith: Sounds like a great book. Hope I win5 years ago

  • Arwen Lynch, Professional Joy Seeker: I remember you mentioning this book and was intrigued then. Now it’s on my must-read pile. I love reality-based fairy tales a lot. And, even though it goes directly against my me-me-me want-want-want, I’m going to share this contest with my friends. ๐Ÿ˜€5 years ago

  • Jane: Can’t wait to read this book! I used to live in Cobble Hill and had friends in Park Slope. Loved Brooklyn..5 years ago

  • Tricia A: sounds delightful!5 years ago

  • Megan: This book sounds amazing! I love a good read5 years ago

  • Cheryl: Can’t wait to read it. Thank you for the great giveaway!5 years ago

  • Erin: Sounds like a great book!5 years ago

  • kristin: would love to read this!5 years ago

  • Katie @ cakes, tea and dreams: How fun! And I love friendships like that.5 years ago

  • Cassandra: This sounds like a wonderful escape from grad school reading! And how excellent that your friend wrote it. ๐Ÿ™‚5 years ago

  • Amy: I CAN’T WAIT TO READ THIS BOOK! I’ve been hearing such awesome things about it. It’s also Oprah’s book pick of the week! Hope to win.5 years ago

  • ashley!: This sounds like THE perfect spring read… & especially one I can pass on to my friend in Japan after, since I know she needs a boost of love right now <35 years ago

  • Andrea: Thanks for the giveaway–the book sounds intriguing and it would definitely brighten my commute!5 years ago

  • Bekah: 2013 is the year my latent stronger self wakes up and takes control. This sounds like just what the Dr. ordered (while keeping my bookworm self happy). Thank you!5 years ago

  • Kate: Sounds like a great book — and what a vibrant, lovely cover, too!5 years ago

  • Kristina: I could use a pick-me-up. Fingers crossed!5 years ago

  • Carly: I love your book reviews! I am an avid reader but do not pay much attention to mainstream book reviews or Oprah Book-Club Picks (etc). You have piqued my interest…my fingers are crossed!5 years ago

  • Sarah: I’m always looking for new books!5 years ago

  • Sarah: Good to see you writing again! I always enjoy your posts. I hope you are doing well. Thanks for running the book giveaway!5 years ago

  • Caroline: Great giveaway, I’m always in need of good books. ๐Ÿ™‚5 years ago

  • Mac: Sounds intriguing! Thank you for the giveaway!5 years ago

  • Starlene: Oh! I really need a good book.5 years ago

  • Emily: This novel sounds magical, and it’s so wonderful it inspired a friendship!5 years ago

  • Katie: This sounds fun. I’d love to read it sometime. ๐Ÿ™‚5 years ago

  • karel: Sounds like a good read.5 years ago

  • heather s.: i just finished joel stein’s ‘man made’…this sounds like it’d be a lovely…contrast? counterpoint? my point is: lovely! (and i do recommend the stein book. ๐Ÿ™‚ )5 years ago

  • tess: This book is on my reading list thanks to a prior post of yours! Would love to win – and can’t wait to read it either way! ๐Ÿ™‚5 years ago

  • Jennifer: I would love to win!5 years ago

  • Tracey Thomas: The book sounds awesome! Just the thing for a spring read.5 years ago

  • Lana: This book has been checked out of my local library since your last book list. I’m dying to read it!5 years ago

  • Melissa @ Hilltophausfrau: Now I’m missing Domino…badly.

    Hoping to win to get my spirits up!5 years ago

  • christine: i have an awful 4-hour commute every day. i’m in dire need of reading material. help!5 years ago

  • Sue: Hi Sarah, I’m a big fan of your blog. Thanks.5 years ago

  • Kaitlyn: I live in the South Slope/Sunset Park borderlands– and I’m a regular reader who has been lurking on your blog for about two years now. ๐Ÿ™‚ I had no idea there was such an adorable novel set in this area.

    Also, I hope I run into YOU in a cafe one day!5 years ago

  • Evanthia: Is it open to internationals? is yes, I’d be more than happy to be a winner ๐Ÿ™‚ if not, I’m sure the winner will really enjoy it!5 years ago

  • Jackie: Saw this title in your March 7th post and wrote it down on my own “books to read” list.5 years ago

  • deb keiser: a good recommendation during a gray period of my own life.. and i love the cover! thx!5 years ago

  • Andrea: Sounds like a good read – thank you!5 years ago

  • Marsi: Sounds like a good book. I’ve had a few of those days (weeks? months?) myself lately. I can relate.5 years ago

  • Mandy: This is definitely going on my book bucket list!5 years ago

  • Sarah: I truly believe the best therapy is a good book by your beside table!5 years ago

  • Hedda: Thank you for sharing this book, “The Mermaid of Brooklyn” with all of us. It sounds uplifting and since i think a mermaid sometimes lives inside me during the summer (or maybe it is a porpoise?) it is a good fit.5 years ago

  • Rose: It sounds like a feel-good book. Don’t we all need a little more of that, in today’s bad-news-all-the-time type of world?
    Thanks for the giveaway.
    :o)5 years ago

  • Megan: Looks great!5 years ago

  • helen: I AM the protagonist! (Well after reading the synopsis, I sense she is my ally) I live in the UK. Not sure if I qualify. I need to get my reading hat on again after 2 years of no sleep and not much time to read due to a non-sleeping child! Sounds like the perfect pick-me-up x5 years ago

  • Stephanie: would love to win a copy of this book! I’m always looking for something new to read.5 years ago

  • JJ: Anything with mermaids AND Brooklyn sounds pretty darn enticing. Here’s hoping!5 years ago

  • Allyn: This sounds like a great book! One I can totally identify with!5 years ago

  • kim: Mmmmm sounds like the perfect beach read.5 years ago

  • Suzy: This book sounds so good!! And thanks for sharing the story.5 years ago

  • Laureen: You had me at “mermaid” — looks like a perfect spring read!5 years ago

  • Sara: Very much wishing there was a more confident, “fierce” version of me to take over some days!5 years ago

  • Femme Fraรฎche: This book sounds wonderful. I love one that can feel like a sanctuary when times are tough. I’m in what feels like a never-ending job hunt since finishing my Ph.D. last fall and the distraction of good books and good company get me through on the hardest days. Thanks for the suggestion on this one!5 years ago

  • Karen: I would love to read this book!5 years ago

  • Caroline: I just finished a book yesterday and need something new! Thanks for the recommendation ๐Ÿ™‚5 years ago

  • Karisa | clever thursday: I love the sound of this book, I am putting it on my reading list right now!5 years ago

  • Kirsten: I’ve had it on my wish list since you first mentioned it. It sounds like just the thing to get me through a post Spring Break slump.5 years ago

  • Aidan: Oh BOY could I ever use a pick me up, or at least something to distract me from wanting to lie in bed for days on end. It would be so lovely to win.5 years ago