Monday, December 5, 2011

Rules for Virgins by Amy Tan Giveaway

UPDATE: Karla Anne won and has been contacted.



Rules for Virgins by Amy Tan:

In her startlingly sensual new story, “Rules for Virgins”—the first fiction she has published in six years—beloved bestselling author Amy Tan (“The Joy Luck Club,” “The Bonesetter’s Daughter”) takes us deep into the illicit world of 1912 Shanghai, where beautiful courtesans mercilessly compete for the patronage of wealthy gentlemen. For the women, the contest is deadly serious, a perilous game of economic survival that, if played well, can set them up for life as mistresses of the rich and prominent. There is no room for error, however: erotic power is hard to achieve and harder to maintain, especially in the loftiest social circles.

Enter veteran seducer, Magic Gourd, formerly one of Shanghai’s “Top Ten Beauties” and now the advisor and attendant of Violet, an aspiring but inexperienced courtesan. Violet may have the youth and the allure, but Magic Gourd has the cunning and the knowledge without which the younger woman is sure to fail. These ancient tricks of the trade aren’t written down, though; to pass them on to her student, Magic Gourd must reach back into her own professional past, bringing her lessons alive with stories and anecdotes from a career spent charming and manipulating men who should have known better but rarely did.

The world of sexual intrigue that Tan reveals in "Rules for Virgins" actually existed once, and she spares no detail in recreating it. But this story is more than intriguing (and sometimes shocking) historical literary fiction. Besides inviting us inside a life that few writers but Tan could conjure up, the intimate confessions of Magic Gourd add up to a kind of military manual for the War of the Sexes’ female combatants. The wisdom conveyed is ancient, specific, and timeless, exposing the workings of vanity and folly, calculation and desire that define the mysterious human heart.
You can read an excerpt here, and buy it at Amazon.

I have one digital copy to give away. For a chance to win, simply comment on this post and include your email so I can contact you if you win. One comment per person, and this contest is open worldwide. I'll pick a winner Sunday night.

18 comments:

  1. omgomgomg new amy tan! YAY!!!!!

    karlaanne at gmail

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  2. Loving all these book giveaways + Amy Tan!

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  3. Very cool!

    julia.mitchell28 at gmail.com

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  4. Oooh, the chance to win books. Never say no to that!

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  5. Looking forward to a new Tan book!
    Although... "Magic Gourd"? It doesn't sound especially enticing in Chinese either. :)

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  6. Ooo didn't know she had a new book coming out!
    gabrielananetti@gmail.com

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  7. Sounds way to interesting to pass up. Please enter me in the giveaway. My email is kurtk@jmpcreative.com

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  8. Amy Tan is never a writer I've sought out, but I have read her work and was happily suprised. Hopefully this book will be another happy suprise.

    Kati.spayde@gmail.com

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  9. Usually her work touches the heart. Here she reaches in an area where the heart is merely brushed and the tossed aside. I am definitely looking forward to reading this one.

    ed.win.it@gmail.com

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  10. I've never read an Amy Tan novel, because I hadn't been interested at all in the premise of the Joy Luck Club or the Bonesetter's Daughter. But the description of Rules for Virgins sounds...well, to be honest it sounds badass and it's a book I'd love to read!

    nyrid@hotmail.com

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  11. As a self instructed sex therapist this book is definitely worth a look, to be honest I've never read this author before but your review sounds so enticing I will definitely buy it online... after Sunday... ;-)

    Regards, Genaro

    genaro@banano.com.mx

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  12. sounds like a crazy read.

    justtriky@hotmail.com

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  13. This looks like a really intriguing read. and an interesting departure from her previous work. sign me up!

    katherine.jones13 at gmail.com

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  14. Oh very cool!

    sj.romm@gmail.com

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  15. I would love to read this book!

    meshamesha89@gmail.com

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  16. although this book sounds like memoirs of a geisha meets art of war, it seems interesting enough from the review!

    i'd love to read more than an excerpt.

    angelinenrm@yahoo.com

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  17. I would love to enjoy this book! Sounds intriguing
    flsweethrt@yahoo.com

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  18. So excited about this. Love Amy Tan!

    abinar@yahoo.com

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