Tuesday, January 18, 2011

January Giveaway: The Mistress of Nothing by Kate Pullinger

Scandalous Women is pleased to be giving away a copy of THE MISTRESS OF NOTHING by Kate Pullinger. Winner of The Governor General's Literary Award, this is the American debut of an award-winning novel about a lady’s maid’s awakening as she journeys from the confines of Victorian England to the uncharted far reaches of Egypt’s Nile Valley


When Lady Duff Gordon, paragon of London society, departs for the hot, dry climate of Egypt to seek relief from her debilitating tuberculosis, her lady’s maid, Sally, doesn’t hesitate to leave the only world she has known in order to remain at her mistress’s side. As Sally gets farther and farther from home, she experiences freedoms she has never known—forgoing corsets and wearing native dress, learning Arabic, and having her first taste of romance.


But freedom is a luxury that a lady’s maid can ill afford, and when Sally’s newfound passion for life causes her to forget what she is entitled to, she is brutally reminded she is mistress of nothing. Ultimately she must choose her master and a way back home—or a way to an unknown future. Based on the real lives of Lady Duff Gordon and her maid, The Mistress of Nothing is a lush, erotic, and compelling story about the power of race, class, and love


What people are saying:

"Pullinger successfully imagines an ordinary life in extraordinary circumstances" - Publishers Weekly

"A highly sensusal evocation of place and time, Kate Pullinger's THE MISTRESS OF NOTHINGS is a journey down the Nile that explores the subtle complexities of power, race, class and love during the Victoria era." - Governor General's Literary Award Jury Citation

Here are the rules for the giveaway. Sorry, this is only for Canadian and American readers! The contest runs from today through Monday, January 24th.
1. Leave your name and email in the comments. Email is very important so that I can contact you for your address.

2. If you are not a follower and become one, you get an extra entry

3. If you tweet about the giveaway, you get an extra entry.
Good luck

8 comments:

Linda said...

This sounds like a great novel, and I especially like the fact that is is based on the lives of real women. Thanks for the giveaway.
lcbrower40(at)gmail(dot)com

I am already a Google follower.

Vicky Alvear Shecter said...

Oh wow, this book sounds great! I'm a follower and I'm about to tweet about the contest. My email is valvearshecter(at)gmail(dot)com. Thanks!

Rachel said...

Thank you for the giveaway!

Rachelhwallen@gmail.com

Karyn said...

Awesome! I've been following for awhile and I'm going to tweet about this @prosodic.

englanke at yahoo dot com

Mary Jo Manzanares said...

Always looking for a good read -- and it sounds like this is one!

Donna Marie said...

This one sounds quite interesting. Would love to read it. I follow you on google.

DoriesinTN@comcast.net

MommyTime said...

I've been doing work on Lucie Duff Gordon for a while now and would love to read this novel too. Thanks for the chance! (mommysmartini@gmail.com)

Susan said...

sounds like a wonderful book !

Sue (hancock708@gmail.com)