Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Sway by Zachary Lazar - Giveaway!


Sway
Zachary Lazar
272 p, ISBN:9780316113113, Hachette Books
About the Book

Three dramatic and emblematic stories intertwine in Zachary Lazar's extraordinary new novel, SWAY--the early days of the Rolling Stones, including the romantic triangle of Brian Jones, Anita Pallenberg, and Keith Richards; the life of avant-garde filmmaker Kenneth Anger; and the community of Charles Manson and his followers.

Lazar illuminates an hour in American history when rapture found its roots in idolatrous figures and led to unprovoked and inexplicable violence. Connecting all the stories in this novel is Bobby Beausoleil, a beautiful California boy who appeared in an Anger film and eventually joined the Manson "family."

With great artistry, Lazar weaves scenes from these real lives together into a true but heightened reality, making superstars human, giving demons reality, and restoring mythic events to the scale of daily life.

"One hypnotic tone poem.... It is not the now-historic acts of violence that make Sway so riveting, but its vivid character portraits and decadent, muzzy atmosphere, all rendered with the heightened sensory awareness associated with drugs and paranoia.

The near miniaturist precision with which he describes Keith Richards's attempts to master his guitar, Brian Jones's acid trips and Anger's obsessive desire for Beausoleil bring this large-scale tableau into stunning relief."
--Liz Brown, Time Out New York

Reading Group Guide available

About the Author

Zachary Lazar graduated from Brown University, has been a Fellow at The Provincetown Fine Arts Works Center, and received the Iowa Writer's Workshop's James Michener/Copernicus Society Prize. His first novel, "Aaron Approximately," was published in 1998.

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The Prize

Courtesy Hachette Books, Five lucky commenters will each win a copy of this book!

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    24 comments :

    1. I'm in Canada, but it was the riots in Detroit, which were in 1967 I believe that have affected my life. My husband's mother took her 3 boys and left Detroit and came to Canada. So, because of the riots, I met and married a wonderful man whom I never would have met otherwise.

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    5. There are several periods of history that have directly affected my life. The 1960's of course, The American Revolution, The Civil War, The Victorian Era, The Celts, and The Ancient Egypt period.

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    10. I'm going to have to say the 1980's... my hair will never be the same! Thank for this offer!

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    11. The Civial War has had a profound effect on the nation as a whole. aitmama (at) gmail (dot) com

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    14. I would have to say the Bush and Iraq War and we will not know the outcome for years to come... also, the 2008 elections and Obama's term as president... hopefully, our country will recover and be come the nation it once was and can be again.

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    15. the way that life live is the way that give our soul to other in the heavens that we belong with all our power we use together our heaven is where we belong

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    18. I would have to say that the terrorist attacks on september 11th had an enormous inpact on not only my life but the entire nation as well as the rest of the world. It has made this country stronger and has made me realise the importance of those around me.
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    20. I'd have to credit Harvey Milk for doing something with his life in under a decade. To have the movie open in the era of Obamanation is perfect.

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