Friday, December 4, 2009

Galley Giveaway: The Russian Dreambook of Color and Flight

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has generously offered to send twenty galley (pre-publication) copies of Gina Ochsner’s The Russian Dreambook of Color and Flight to readers of Literary License. The Russian Dreambook of Color and Flight, Ochsner's first novel, was longlisted for the 2009 Orange Prize and is described in a review in the Guardian as “[o]ne part post-Soviet insanity to three parts magical realism.” This novel won’t be published in the U.S. until February, so here’s your chance to grab an early copy.

Book description:
In a crumbling apartment building in post-Soviet Russia, there’s a ghost who won’t keep quiet. Mircha fell from the roof and was never properly buried, so he sticks around to heckle the living: his wife, Azade; Olga, a disillusioned translator/censor for a military newspaper; Yuri, an army veteran who always wears an aviator’s helmet; and Tanya.

Tanya carries a notebook wherever she goes, recording her observations and her dreams of finding love and escaping her job at the All-Russia All-Cosmopolitan Museum, a place which holds a fantastic and terrible collection of art knockoffs created using the tools at hand, from foam to chewing gum, Popsicle sticks to tomato juice. When the museum’s director hears of a mysterious American group seeking to fund art in Russia, it looks like she might get her chance at a better life, if she can only convince them of the collection’s worth. Enlisting the help of Azade, Olga and even Mircha, Tanya scrambles to save her dreams and her neighbors, and along the way discovers that love may have been waiting in her own courtyard all along.
If this sounds interesting to you, please e-mail me (litlicense AT gmail DOT com) with your name and address (no PO boxes). I'll select twenty winners at random from the qualifying entrants. For those of you who are overachievers, send a brief description of a dream or a journal entry along with your name and address, and I’ll enter you in the drawing twice. Sorry, but the quagmire that is international publishing rights limits this giveaway to those living in the U.S. or Canada.

I will accept entries until midnight on December 18th. Good luck!


Anonymous said...

Love a good contest! :) A.Hollis

Zibilee said...

Awesome giveaway! Thanks for hosting this one!

Irene Yeates said...

Count me in. Tried to win a copy on "Goodreads first reads," but didn't. Thank you!!

cyeates AT nycap DOT rr DOT com

sarirose said...

I believe I signed up on Goodreads also and missed. I miss a lot on there though!
I think this looks like a book I will enjoy and review.
I'll try to read it before White
Swan hits the bookshelves.
sarose22 AT bellsouth DOT net

Meg said...

Sounds good -- thanks!

writing.meg [at]

amy said...

let me know if you still have copies, I'd LOVE one!


Mary K. from L.A. said...

Thanks, Gwen ~ I got my copy yesterday! I'm looking forward to reading it.

Brittany E said...

Hi Gwen, hi everyone! Did you enjoy The Russian Dreambook? Would you like to chat with Gina Ochsner?

Gina is accepting reader questions over at GoodReads, now through mid-March, and I'm helping her get the word out.

Please stop in with your questions about the novel, about Gina's previous work, about learning to speak Russian...anything at all. Gina would love to meet you!