I am trainable, despite all evidence to the contrary. If I try a book giveaway featuring a book I didn't like, and I get no takers, I will not try it again. I will, on the other hand, try a giveaway with a book I DID like, because that method succeeded last time. Trial and error, folks. If an amoeba can do it, why can't I?
I can't remember where I read about "If I Lie," a debut novel by Corrine Jackson, but I was intrigued enough to buy it. When I read the cover flap, however, my heart sank a little. Let's see, girl with a Marine boyfriend, caught kissing another boy while Carey is posted overseas, accused by everyone in her miltary town of cheating, but she's not cheating, but explaining why she's not cheating would reqire revealing a secret she's promised her boyfriend she would keep... Oy. Is this really going to be the focal point of the book - this "mystery" even an amoeba could figure out before opening to Page One?
But, fortunately, it's not. The Big Reveal comes fairly early on, and then the book gets down to its real business, which is the subject of honor - some of it in the military sense, some of it not. What is betrayal, what is honor, and can the same person be capable of both? Take Quinn's mother, for example. What is Quinn to make of her having left Quinn and her father years ago, without a second glance, to take up with Quinn's father's brother, of all people, but then to stick by Quinn's uncle through his long and awful battle with cancer? And what about George, the cranky old man Quinn's gotten to know through her work with the Veterans History Project, who has imparted to her as much as he could of his vast knowledge of photography, but who also took it upon himself to invite Quinn's estranged mother to her birthday party? And what about Quinn herself, who has fallen in love with Carey's best friend but can't tell him the reasons why they either can, or can't, be together?
The giveaway contest will run from now through next Saturday, the 22nd, at midnight. Here are the rules: leave a comment describing the most honorable thing you have ever seen a stranger - not a public figure - do. That's it. So, I guess, there's only one rule, if you want to get technical. At the end of the contest, I'll choose my favorite comment, and I will send the poster of that comment my like-new, hardcover copy of "If I Lie." So, come on! Start it up!