Giveaway: The Future of Love by Shirley Abbott

To commemorate the tenth anniversary of September 11th, we’re offering our devoted fans a chance to win one of three copies of Shirley Abbott’s novel, The Future of Love. If you’d like to enter the giveaway, just leave a comment here or on our Facebook page.

Set in New York in 2001, Abbott’s debut novel invites us into the lives of good people grappling with the hard choices and the sacrifices they must make to find love. Like a contemporary Edith Wharton, Shirley Abbott exposes the inner lives and the tangled relationships of eight characters—before and after the tragedy of September 11th—and forces both her characters and her readers to see the world in a new way.

Abbott allows us to see the possibility of happiness even as the city itself is tested. With humor and profound empathy, she has crafted a novel that runs deep into the heart of our need for commitment from friends, lovers, and family.

A “wise, funny, generous first novel … [Abbott] elegantly weaves together her lovers’ stories. She deftly pokes fun at what we call morality. She allows her characters to be both lovable and ugly.”—New York Times Book Review

An “impressive first novel … Abbott’s nuanced take on New York after the fall is spot-on, reminding us that love is about survival as well as loss.”—People

“A romantic roundelay that … swirls around a fabulous part: an adulterous former radical swept into a passionate affair.”—Washington Post

A “shrewdly observed yet touching love song to New York City … A book as mellow and complex as good wine.”—Body & Soul

“A shrewd, polished comedy of manners … [A] witty yet weighty tale … Abbott opens windows onto all that changes and all that remains the same in love, marriage, class, race, and family life, and considers truth as both a weapon and a key to liberation.”—Booklist, starred review

“Abbott shows us love at its silliest and at its most splendid, the eight characters at their most selfish and noblest.  Her novel is the real thing.”  –Susan Isaacs

36 Comments On This Post:

September 8, 2011
9:54 am
Sharon says...

Thanks! I can’t wait!

September 8, 2011
9:55 am
Isabelle says...

If the contest is available in Canada, I would love to be entered!!

September 8, 2011
9:55 am
Jennifer O @ Lit Endeavors says...

This sounds like a fantastic book…crossing my fingers over here!

September 8, 2011
9:56 am
Jada says...

Sounds intriguing.

September 8, 2011
9:57 am
Christopher Meeks says...

I don’t know how Algonquin does it, but some of my favorite authors and books come you including Sara Gruen’s “Water for Elephants” and Caroline Leavitt’s “Pictures of You.” The Future of Love” sounds great, the kind of thing I’d like to write. I’d love a copy.

September 8, 2011
9:58 am
jertaybro says...

What a touching tribute. I’d like to be entered. thank you.

September 8, 2011
10:00 am
Jarret says...

Hopefully i win really looking forward to reading this Amazing book.

September 8, 2011
10:00 am
Robert says...

I’m looking forward to reading this novel, regardless if my name is not pulled from the hat.

September 8, 2011
10:03 am
Kate Branch says...

I would love a copy of The Future of Love. Thanks!

September 8, 2011
10:06 am
Rena says...

That sounds really interesting! Would love to read it!

September 8, 2011
10:06 am
Annie Bevernitz says...

I would enjoy winning Shirley Abbot’s book, The Future of Love. Thank you for the opportunity.

September 8, 2011
10:10 am
rhonda Lomazow says...

I would love to read The Future of LOve!!

September 8, 2011
10:10 am
Sharon Hyland says...

Thanks for the chance to win! Looks like a great read!

September 8, 2011
10:10 am
Jennifer says...

Sounds great! I’d love to win a copy.

September 8, 2011
10:16 am
Grace says...

I would love to win a copy!

September 8, 2011
10:17 am
MG says...

Sounds like a good read. Also, I cannot resist anything that draws a comparison to Edith Wharton!

September 8, 2011
10:23 am
Jaime says...

This sounds like a great book – I’m always looking for new and fresh fiction!

September 8, 2011
10:42 am
Jeffrey Tretin says...

A copy of the Future of Love would be fantastic. Thank you.

September 8, 2011
10:51 am
janet says...

Sounds like a great read!

September 8, 2011
11:09 am
Robin S says...

I am interested in reading this book and adding it to my collection and then to share with others

September 8, 2011
11:32 am
Tanya says...

Another wonderful book to add to my never ending tbr list.

September 8, 2011
11:55 am
The Joy of Booking says...

This looks great! I can’t wait to read it.

September 8, 2011
12:53 pm
Jim Carmin says...

A romantic roundelay: I could use one of those.

September 8, 2011
1:13 pm
Erica says...

Ooh, this looks wonderful.

September 8, 2011
1:20 pm
Laurie Blum says...

Would love to read this book … It is just right 4 me,,

September 8, 2011
2:37 pm
Cara Fielder says...

I would love to read this book!

September 8, 2011
2:46 pm
Tiana Trammell says...

This has officially been added to my must read list!!!

September 8, 2011
3:50 pm
Nadia says...

This book sounds great! Definitely something to add to my TBR pile.

September 9, 2011
12:05 am
Margie Hunter says...

I’ve heard great things about this book, and I really look forward to reading it. I’m adding it to our purchases at the library where I work, too!

September 9, 2011
3:49 pm
nomadreader (Carrie) says...

This book sounds like something I would really enjoy. I’d love to win!

September 10, 2011
12:00 am
Susan @ The Book Bag says...

This sounds like a great book Thanks for the chance!

September 10, 2011
5:03 pm
Joy McMillan says...

I would love to win this book!

September 11, 2011
10:26 am
Linda McFarland says...

Would luv 2 win the book…it sounds so

September 12, 2011
12:33 pm
Martha says...

Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

September 12, 2011
10:25 pm
Cynthia Van Dusen says...

I love winning books…especially one that sounds like a great read.

September 22, 2011
12:33 pm
Linda Williams Hersperger says...

We grew up together in Ark. & I have always admired her writing ability. To win her !st novel
would be a huge thrill and treat.

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