The challenge: Read two of this year’s most buzzed about new novels—Domestic Violets by Matthew Norman and The Violets of March by Sarah Jio—as a couple. That’s right, together. Get your other couple friends to join you, then host a co-ed book club party and discuss!
Why? Conversation always seems better when men and women are involved, right? So Matthew Norman and Sarah Jio found a way to do just that while opening readers to books they may not otherwise read. Both having made their fiction debut with critically acclaimed novels in 2011, the authors created the ULTRA VIOLET READING CHALLENGE in hopes to get men and women engaged in reading books together in a fun and creative way.
How to enter: For a chance to win dinner for two at The Cheesecake Factory* (location of your choice!), leave a comment below or email your entry to sarah AT sarahjio DOT com. And, tell us the last book you read (on your own or with your sweetie)! Also, be sure to tell us if you’re planning a Violet-themed co-ed book party, so the authors can send you discussion questions and help you schedule a time for us to call in to say hi to your guests.
About the books:
DOMESTIC VIOLETS, by Matthew Norman, (Harper Perennial; Trade Paperback Original) is the big-hearted story of Tom Violet, son of a world-famous novelist, who suspects his wife of having an affair (not that his own erectile dysfunction hasn’t given her a reason). Tom fears sliding into one of those awkward, painfully self-aware pre-midlife crises that he and everyone else loathes hearing about. So, as a last-ditch effort to hold onto the idealism of his youth, he orchestrates a stupid revenge stunt at work that’s sure to get him fired. As a result, his life comes perilously close to unraveling – but it also just may be his last chance to step out of his father’s shadow, and take control of his marriage, career, and family. Satirical, wise, and laugh-out-loud funny, it’s a book that demands to be enjoyed, explored, and discussed.
THE VIOLETS OF MARCH, by Sarah Jio, (A Plume Original), praised by Jodi Picoult and called “engrossing” by Redbook, offers an imaginative take on the universal longing to connect family past with personal present at the moment when it matters most. Novelist Emily Wilson had—on paper—the perfect life: A bestselling novel, a husband plucked from the pages of GQ, and a gorgeous New York City apartment. Yet ten years later, the tide has turned on Emily’s good fortune. After accepting an invitation to visit Bainbridge Island for a month, Emily’s discovery of a red velvet diary dated 1943 pulls her out of her own troubles, and into a parallel life. A mesmerizing debut with an idyllic setting and intriguing dual story line, The Violets of March announces Sarah Jio as a writer to watch.
Happy (co-ed!) reading!
Sarah and Matt (oh, and please come over and say hi to us on our Facebook page!)
*Disclaimer: The Cheesecake Factory is not a sponsor or an endorser of this contest (they’re just generous and a ton of fun!)