Tuesday, September 15, 2009

BBAW Giveaway #3: The Calligrapher's Daughter by Eugenia Kim

A sweeping debut novel, inspired by the life of the author’s mother, about a young woman who dares to fight for a brighter future in occupied Korea.

In early-twentieth-century Korea, Najin Han, the privileged daughter of a calligrapher, longs to choose her own destiny. Smart and headstrong, she is encouraged by her mother—but her stern father is determined to maintain tradition, especially as the Japanese steadily gain control of his beloved country. When he seeks to marry Najin into an aristocratic family, her mother defies generations of obedient wives and instead sends her to serve in the king’s court as a companion to a young princess. But the king is soon assassinated, and the centuries-old dynastic culture comes to its end.

In the shadow of the dying monarchy, Najin begins a journey through increasing oppression that will forever change her world. As she desperately seeks to continue her education, will the unexpected love she finds along the way be enough to sustain her through the violence and subjugation her country continues to face? Spanning thirty years, The Calligrapher’s Daughter is a richly drawn novel in the tradition of Lisa See and Amy Tan about a country torn between ancient customs and modern possibilities, a family ultimately united by love, and a woman who never gives up her search for freedom.

~ Synopsis from the author's Website

I have five copies of this fantastic novel to give away, courtesy of Jason at Henry Holt (thank you, Jason!!). To enter, just leave me a comment here that includes your email address. The winners will be drawn at random and must have a US mailing address. Enter thru midnight eastern on September 20. Below are some ways for you to earn extra entries. Please leave ONE comment for each thing you choose to do. You can combine your comments together if you like but please do not leave multiple comments for the same extra thing (for example, one comment if you fave at Technorati or subscribe via Feedburner, not three). Anyone who already follows, subscribes, or has faved at Technorati still gets the extras, just mention it in your comment! Thank you for visiting and entering!!

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Be sure to check out all of the fantastic BBAW giveaways going on this week!! Click on the link or the button in the upper left corner to join in the fun!


heatherzilla said...

This sounds like a great novel. I find it interesting that the book was inspired by her mother. Please include me in the giveaway.

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ccqdesigns said...

I have been waiting for someone to give away this book, I really want to read this one!

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I am a long time follower on google reader

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Emily Rogers said...

This sounds really interesting! Thanks for hosting such a nice giveaway!

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bermudaonion said...

I almost started hyperventilating when I saw this giveaway!
+3 You're one of my faves on Technorati
+? I subscribe in Google Reader - not sure what that counts for.

Ellz said...

This book sounds great, please count me in!

Ellz said...

I am already a follower

Pam said...

This book sounds amazing and the cover art is stunning! Please include me!

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flowerchild said...

sounds like a great read please count me in..thanks
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Riva said...

I keep reading good things about this book. Now I need to win a copy!

I follow you with Google Reader.

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Mom of 5 Boys said...

I would love to read this one! Thanks for the giveaway. I'm a follower.

Tina said...

Hellow fellow New England blogger....thanks for holding this giveaway.

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Misusedinnocence said...

I would love to read this! :)

+1, I follow. :)


Linda said...

I've never read a novel set in Korea; this book sounds great.
Please enter me in the giveaway.

And I follow through Google Reader.


Anonymous said...

This sounds really great, I've been dying to read this! Please enter me =)
I'm also a follower, and I favorited at technorati =)
Thanks! lpmccann(at)gmail.com

Melissa said...

Thanks for the great giveaway!

I also follow/subscribe.


Jasmine said...

I have this on my wish list so crossing my fingers and toes

+1 Im a follower


Amanda said...

I've never read a book about Korean culture. I would love to win this. My address is amandagignac[at]gmail[dot]com

Irene said...

Oh, I think Bermuda Onion said it best. Please count me in! Thank you.

I follow on google reader.

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Paula said...

I would love a chance to read this book. I am a follower.


Jem said...

This looks like a great book. Please enter me: thereadingjourney[at]gmail[dot]com

+1 I am a follower
+1 I linked this page to my blog sidebar
+3 I faved at Technorati

Jem said...

I forgot to leave my URL to verify the sidebar link


Susan said...

Oooooh, I'd love to read this one! I've gotcha on my Google reader and I'm heading to Technorati right now. Thanks for the giveaway!

A Bookshelf Monstrosity said...

Please include me in this one.


Amanda N.

A Bookshelf Monstrosity said...

I am a follower.

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Jessica ( frellathon ) said...

This sounds like such a great book. I would love to give it a reaad. Count me in please. Thanks.

Beth said...

The book looks so good. Please enter me. Thanks for the chance.

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Sarah Johnson said...

I'd love a chance to win this one! I'm already a follower. sljohnson2 at eiu.edu

holdenj said...

It sounds like a good story. Please count me in. Thanks.

holdenj said...

I am already a follower.

FlyFreeMyBooks said...

Please enter me. I am already a follower, and I subscribe to your email updates.

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Zibilee said...

Please enter me in the giveaway, it sounds like a great book!

I am also a follower of your blog.


Diana said...

Sounds awesome!
+1 follower
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Jennifer said...

Fantastic giveaway! Thank you for the chance!

+1 I am a follow
+3 I have fav'd on Technorati
+3 I am a subscriber.

rubynreba said...

Please enter me - looks like a great book.

+1 I am a new follower
+3 I subscribe

Alyce said...

I would love to be entered!

I follow your blog.

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mrsshukra said...

I would like to be entered!


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mrsshukra said...

Google reader subscriber!


Cherie J said...

Please enter me. Sounds good.


Cherie J said...

I am a follower.

Sue said...

I'd love this. Thanks for the giveaway.

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Unknown said...

Sounds like an amazing novel. Please enter me.

+1 am a follower


Esme said...

Do enter me please-this is on my TBR.

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Bingo said...

Please enter me.

I just became a follower (I thought I always was one)

What a great giveaway...thanks!

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Kaye said...

Please enter me in the drawing as I just love books set in Asia. This one looks really good.

I'm a follower


Marie said...

Sounds like a great read!

I am a follower.


Sandra K321 said...

This sounds like a book that I would like to read. Thanks.

Sandra K321 said...

I subscribe to your feed via google.

traveler said...

Thanks for this great giveaway. I am fascinated with this wonderful novel. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com
I subscribe.

Libby's Library said...

Please count me in.
I'm a follower.
Faved on technorati.

Thanks so much!


The Insouciant Sophisticate said...

This looks really interesting-my mom recently introduced me to Lisa See's books so I'm in the mood for something similar.

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Lucyinthesky said...

trying to remeber here:
I follow (Ally/rubymoon)

I get your emails at espressogurlAThotmail

I get your feed on google reader at rubymoonstoneATgmail

I'd love a chance to win a copy of this book! Thanks for the chance.

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Lucyinthesky said...

OMG I nearly forgot you are a Technorati Favorite and my tech name is rubymoon

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Jo-Jo said...

I would love to win this book.

I am also a follower.

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Anonymous said...

I want to enter and I will put you on my follower list. My email is bookbliss@riella.com Thanks :)

Jo-Jo said...

I blogged about this contest here.
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Laura's Reviews said...

This novel sounds fantastic - I would love to be included in the giveaway.

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Laura's Reviews said...

I just became a follower.



Nicole said...

Sounds like a good book. Thanks.

+1 follower

Lisa said...

I love that her mom inspired the author! I love to read about different cultures.


Amber said...

This sounds like a good book.

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Unknown said...

I'd like to enter

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Carol D. said...

Another book on my list to read that my library doesn't have yet, so I'd love to win it.

Unknown said...

I'd like a chance to read this thanks.


Andrea said...

this sounds great, please enter me

Anonymous said...

This sounds great!! Please enter me. Libbysuther@bellsouth.net

nfmgirl said...

I'd love to get this one! Please count me in.

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Debbie F said...

Please include me!

I'm a follower!

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Jaime said...

great giveaway, please enter me
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Marie (MUM) said...

Oh wow this sounds like a great book! Please include me.

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Rebecca N. said...

This sounds like a really good read! I would love to be entered to win! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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+1 I tweeted!


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~The Book Pixie said...

This sounds so very good. Count me in please!

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Winning Readings said...

I'd love to read this!

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Winning Readings said...

And I'm a subscriber/follower!

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Anonymous said...

please count me in...thanks.

karen k

Anonymous said...

i'm a subscriber ;)

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Carol W. said...

This is on my Must Read list. Please include me in the giveaway.

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Brittany said...

I would love to read this book; please enter me in the giveaway.
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Brittany said...

I'm also a subscriber!

LoveMyCoffee said...

I am so excited to see this book for a giveaway. I have this on my wish list. Please count me in.

I am a follower


Gaby317 said...

I've been reading about The Calligrapher's Daughter - this sounds so good!

Thanks so much for the entry.

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Unknown said...

This sounds like a really good book!


Unknown said...

I tweeted about this giveaway @amandawk


Unknown said...

I follow via google reader.


BevE said...

Stopped by to enter one giveaway and saw the post for The Calligrapher's Daughter and just had to enter this one as well. Thanks for the chance.


Jaime said...

I would love to read this
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Jaime said...

I follow your blog
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