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GIVEAWAY!!! Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg's novel 'The Divorce Girl: A Story of Art and Soul' free book GIVEAWAY!!!


No, I'm not giving away the book's entire plot, but if you leave a comment, you'll be entered in a drawing to win a copy of State of Kansas Poet Laureate Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg's soon to be released novel, 'The Divorce Girl: A Story of Art and Soul'.

I was fortunate to receive an advance copy of the book a couple of months ago. I made time to read 'The Divorce Girl' when I recently house sat east of Lawrence on my friend Richard Gwin's gorgeous property. I alternated between picking blackberries, (and ticks) and reading the exquisitely written novel. It was one of the best weeks I've had in years!

'The Divorce Girl' is told through the eyes of main character Deborah Shapiro. This isn't your run of the mill coming of age story about a girl growing up and surviving turbulent times. It is set in New Jersey and is a tenderly written, intricately woven masterpiece of blending varied cultures, poignant human flaws, child abuse and a never ending search for oneself through internal and external processes.

Goldberg's idea of giving main character, Deborah, a camera, which then enables her to carefully scrutinize every person, place and thing without (too much) suspicion, was not only brilliant, but masters movement throughout the book as well.

This novel is officially set to be released July 7th by Ice Cube Press (www.icecubepress.com) Be the first on your street to own a copy!

Goldberg is the author of 14 books, including upcoming non fiction "Needle in the Bone: How a Holocaust Survivor and Polish Resistance Fighter Beat the Odds and Found Each Other'.

Besides being our state Poet Laureate, Goldberg is the founder of Transformative Language Arts at Goddard College where she teaches. You may follow her at www.CarynMirriamGoldberg.com

Books may be purchased from The Raven Bookstore - 8th E. Seventh St., Lawrence - at a ten percent discount. Goldberg is happy to make an appearance at your book club.

Entrees may be continued until midnight Saturday, July 7th. The winner will be announced Sunday. Happy summer reading and good luck!


queerbec 5 years, 9 months ago

Hmmm, sounds interesting to read something by the state's poet laureate who's also an accomplished novelist! With themes like the trauma of divorce and child abuse (we'll forgive the New Jersey part), it could be quite powerful!

Ronda Miller 5 years, 9 months ago

Thanks for being the first to enter the contest, queerbec! Your name is interesting as well.

The Divorce Girl is certainly one of the more interesting novels I've read in a long while.

Goldberg's vocabulary and astute knowledge of human intellect serves her as a novelist quite well.

I'm not saying the book needs a sequel, as it's complete as is, but I'm certainly hoping for one. I loved Deborah so much I hated to let her go. You'll find the family dysfunctional enough to grab you with interest.

Did I mention the more.comments you make, the more you increase your chances to win a copy?

Each comment counts as an entry. Well, except mine. ;)

So send a link to friends who may be interested too.

Ronda Miller 5 years, 9 months ago

My my. Aren't you a confident one! Good luck and thanks for your entree.

Ronda Miller 5 years, 9 months ago

You're officially entered! It's a good thing our relationship as cuzins can't be paper traced or you'd be outlawed, err, I mean disqualified from enterin.... Good luck. Btw, have you finly lerned ta reed?

timbopet 5 years, 9 months ago

After reading one of your posts, I managed a last-minute drive from Kansas City to Lawrence to hear Caryn read from her new novel at The Raven. The pace of her prose is energetic. The portion she read involved many characters, the names of which escape me, but I remember that they were all distinctly colored and the effect was a believable montage of quirky and vibrant personalities. I hope I win.

Terry Sexton 5 years, 9 months ago

Will be reading it. Hafta go see if my buddy, Rochelle, is still hangin' at the Raven.

Ronda Miller 5 years, 9 months ago

Ret, that sassy response was enough to get you entered! Good luck and I promise I won't switch her book with mine - I so badly have wanted to mention it - Going Home. Mine is poetry....just in case you have been wondering. ;)

Ronda Miller 5 years, 9 months ago

Timb and rock52,

You're both officially entered as well.

Tim, your assessment of her characters and pace of the novel are absolutely on target. I wish you the best of luck!

Rock, I believe you won my last giveaway when you wrote a winning poem, correct?

Rock won a copy of, 'BEGIN AGAIN: 150 Kansas Poems Winning the one does not exclude you from winning again. Best of luck!

Terry Sexton 5 years, 9 months ago

Iz dis one o' dem bait & switch cons? Iffin' I iz da winnah, am I just gonna end up with 'Ron Holzworth Posts,The Best Of?'

I kid the Ronnie. Who loves ya, baby!?

RoeDapple 5 years, 9 months ago

That there would come in volumes 1 through 353. If you hurry. More added daily.


camper 5 years, 9 months ago

I look forward to reading the new book.

RoeDapple 5 years, 9 months ago

If it is a bait 'n switch, I'll take a 3 year subscription to Guns and Ammo or Shootin' Times in it's place!

Ronda Miller 5 years, 9 months ago

Rock, you've been entered twice now as has my uncle aunt Roe. Tis no switch nor bait, but Ron can take you on a ride like no body's mother.

Camper, welcome to the contest. You're entered and good luck!

Roe roe roe. For shame. Ya has ta broad in yur whoreizin....

Jay_lo 5 years, 9 months ago

If Roe broadens his whoreizin any more there ain't gonna be any left to which he hasn't been improperly interduced!

camper 5 years, 9 months ago

Glad the book is available at the Raven as well. Great place. Would be cool to see what others enjoyed about the book after reading it. Always loved the discussion part in English class. Symbolism was always interesting to me.

Jay_lo 5 years, 9 months ago

After travelin' with Caryn And poetry sharin' To read her next effort I'm willin' and rarin'

So when the entries you're parin' And the trumpets are blarin' I'll be claimin' my prize With the rest open mouth starin'

Hope while hair out they're tearin' They don't go to darin' To think our close friendship On the results had a bearin'

If they do I'm not carin' A big smile I'll be wearin' 'Cause compared to the losers I'll be much better farin'

Oh come now stop glarin' With nostrils a flarin' I was only just kiddin' So Ronda's neck please be sparin'

Jay_lo 5 years, 9 months ago

Wow! LJWorld's new format won't even let you write a decent poem. Respaces all the lines for you.

Ronda Miller 5 years, 9 months ago

Jay_lo! Smart poet. You've just been entered three times! Good luck to you! I wish I could blame my poetry writing on the new system, alas it tis in thee block at hand. Writer's block. I hope your 4th is a safe one surrounded by your darling crew.

Camper, I believe there is going to be the ability to follow Caryn via Skype for book group sessions. With your astute mind and desire for discussion, that may just be something you'd enjoy doing. I'll supply more information as time draws nigh. (you've been entered again!)

Leslie Swearingen 5 years, 9 months ago

You need to put
at the end of each line of poetry and it creates a line break. Don't you think that people love to read because that way we can all communicate our loves as well as our hates? When someone is writing, no matter what, it is a plea to be understood. Doesn't always work out as well as we had hoped. And, you can read the same thing three times but under three different conditions and get something different each time. I like to read books from different countries to get a better idea of the culture. For instance I like to read Camus and Kafka, but of course it is aways a translation, so how do you know what translation is closest to what the writer mean?

Leslie Swearingen 5 years, 9 months ago

Okay, when I am putting in a poem or song lyrics, I put in left angle bracket then br then right angle bracket no spaces .

Jay_lo 5 years, 9 months ago

Try as I might

I just can't, couldn't quite

Understand the instructions

You're giving

I won't worry all night

If poems do not look right

That's just life

And I enjoy the living

Whatever I write

It will be all right

To perfection

I'm not totally driven

So no matter the sight

Proper spaced or too tight

To LJWorld

I can be forgiving

Ronda Miller 5 years, 9 months ago

Hey, Frankie. Thanks for offering assistance and coming aboard for the giveaway. I've entered you twice just now and good luck. You enjoy reading a couple of our tops in literature. No wonder you ask about meaning and translation with those. I believe most writers are fine with what each individual takes from their creation, whatever and how large or small it may be. Good luck with the contest - I believe you'd enjoy the novel. It's insightful.

Jay_, you've been entered again and thanks for the additional imperfect but perfectly lovely poem. It's not about style or perfection....I can feel the love tonight. :()

Leslie Swearingen 5 years, 9 months ago

Sorry, Ronda, my bad, I mean in the translation from German to English, how can you tell a good translation.

Ronda Miller 5 years, 9 months ago

If you know both German and English well, then you'd know how good the translation was. Although, you can find the best translators and trust those. I've entered you again in the contest, Frankie!

Smila 5 years, 9 months ago

The book sounds good! Can't wait to get my copy and read it.

Have a great day everyone. I am off to go shopping with my mother in law, sister in law and a friend of my sisters in law.

Ronda Miller 5 years, 9 months ago

Terrific, Smila! I hope you had a terrific 4th and happy happy shopping!

I've entered you in the giveaway.

kdrasko 5 years, 9 months ago

Enjoyed learning about Caryn's new book & I hope I will win a copy! I was not aware of her vast accomplishments. Very impressive! Another great talent right here in Lawrence. I remember when she had writing workshops in her garage.


Ronda Miller 5 years, 9 months ago

Kdrasko, yes, she has accomplished much in a short time. I know she's been working on The Divorce Girl for many years. Good luck to you! I'm entering your name. Remember, the more comments, the more chances you have to win.

Partlow, you've always been a reader. Good luck to you! I've just entered you in the giveaway.

Ronda Miller 5 years, 9 months ago

Btw, Kathleen, I met Caryn through a six week class she offered many many years ago. Have you taken any of her workshops? I want to do Brave Voices next year. I've heard amazing things about it.

RedRondaFAN 5 years, 9 months ago

Sounds like a very interesting book! Though my favorite works are by the esteemed poet Ronda J. Miller.

Ronda Miller 5 years, 9 months ago

Lol, well, thank you for that delightful compliment, Redfan. I've now entered you in the contest. Thanks for entering and good luck to you!

Ronda Miller 5 years, 9 months ago

Ladies and gents,

You still have until Saturday at midnight to enter this giveaway for The Divorce Girl.

All it takes is leaving a comment to be entered in the drawing.

Ronda Miller 5 years, 9 months ago

You may enter more than once. Just leave a comment each time for an additional chance to win.

Ronda Miller 5 years, 9 months ago

Don't allow this fine book to be placed in the hands of a cuzin - they can not read!

LadyJ 5 years, 9 months ago

Since you twisted my arm, I'll enter. You should know that I never win anything, ever. I once attended a meeting where they had a drawing for prizes. There were six prizes and seven of us there. Guess who was the only one that didn't win a prize? Yep, me.

Ronda Miller 5 years, 9 months ago

Strange, I left a comment and it doesn't show. Excuse me if this ends up being a repeat.

Lady, luck can change as they say - whomever 'they' are! You're officially entered and the best of luck to you. I'd suggest all of you enter many times - all you have to do is leave a comment. It's that simple, and it will increase your odds.

LadyJ 5 years, 9 months ago

Out to water the plants, Roe is probably out reloading (see how I'm trying to get Roe to comment again). Wouldn't we all love to see Roe reading this book?

hedshrinker 5 years, 9 months ago

entry, not entree (meal course) possessive "its" gets NO apostrophe or maybe that's part of your new hickified style, Ronda? thanks anyway for publicizing Caryn's new novel.

Ronda Miller 5 years, 9 months ago

Lady, thanks for entering again. I'm still trying to get Pyw to enter.

Heds, thanks for your.comment. You are now entered as well. Good luck. And I'm aware of its - my iPhone automaticly changes certain words and their spelling. Honestly, even with my glasses on, this window is small enough I don't always catch them. So I may remain classified, hicdefied, and become osterized,, but I don't careasize

I can't change entree to entry from my iPhone either and my computer monitor needs replaced. I know, I know....it's a sad situation.

OldGuysRule 5 years, 9 months ago

Wow, It sounds like this novel really blew your skirt up. LOL. Spending time in the country, watching the deer & antelope play is so refreshing. I envy you. Fields of grass to play in. The perfect week for me would be the soulful sound of a train whistle in the distance and chinese food delivered. Watch out for snakes though, they love the berries.

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