Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Book Giveaway - The Stormchasers by Jenna Blum

The Stormchasers

The Stormchasers by Jenna Blum

Blum (Those Who Save Us) visits Tornado Alley in this vivid novel about a set of twins with a dark history. At home in Minnesota, Karena Jorge gets an unexpected call informing her that her twin brother, Charles Hallingdahl, whom she hasn't seen in the 20 years since something went very wrong during a storm chase, has been admitted to a Kansas mental hospital. Charles suffers from rapid cycling bipolar disorder, and all Karena knows is that he refuses medication, he can be a danger to himself and others, and he is still obsessed with storm chasing. When she rushes to the clinic and finds he has already left, Karena joins a professional storm-chasing tour company, hoping to find her brother in the caravan of watchers who follow major storms. In the course of the tour, Karena confronts the past and the way it has shaped her life. The unpredictable and dangerous storms provide a framework for an exploration of the bond between siblings (and its limitations), and Blum renders the stormy backdrop as richly as she does her nuanced characters.

"A somber, effective portrait of twins [and] a meticulous portrait of bipolar disorder and the heartbreaking damage it does to those it affects. . . . Beautifully rendered. . . . A strong second novel."
-Kirkus Reviews

"This is an honest depiction of mental illness told with all the pain, humor, hubris, and guilt that the "healthy" sibling bears...women's fiction fans and those with a special interest in extreme weather should welcome Boston resident and creative writing instructor Blum's second novel (after Those Who Save Us )."
-Library Journal

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The contest will end on June 4th, and the winner will be announced on June 5th.


Menagerie Soaps said...

Thank you Lori for the chance to win this one. Sounds great. You have a great blog.


Gwendolyn B. said...

Thanks, Lori -- this book sounds really good!

toothybooks said...

thanks for hosting this contest! i was looking at this book the other day on amazon and coincidentally here's a contest for it.

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Judylynn said...

This sounds like a great book. I have Blum's book Those Who Save Us on my shelf to read. I'd love to read this one as well!


Judylynn said...

I twittered about this @seizethebooknow