Vida giveaway!

Scarlet the Wiener Dog reading Vida by Patricia Engel

My friend Patricia Engel’s book Vida is up next for a giveaway. Vida, Patty’s debut story collection, came out in 2010 to countless (really, I lost count) rave reviews, including one from the ever discriminating Michiko Kakutani of the NY Times, who said, “What makes Sabina’s coming-of-age story so compelling is the arresting voice Ms. Engel has fashioned for her: a voice that’s immediate, unsentimental and disarmingly direct.” I of course second that review…and all the others.

I am so very proud of her–and she should be proud of this amazing story collection. I audibly squeaked when I discovered Vida was included in the NY Times’ 100 Notable Books of 2010 list. I remember when Patty workshopped one of the stories in its infancy at VONA–that I could witness the growth of her work has been an amazing privilege. Her writing is spectacular.

So in all the hubbub, between all the ecstatic blackberry message exchanges and emails, it never dawned on me to do a giveaway. Horrors! But it’s better late than never. And it’s better late than never for all of you to read Patricia Engel’s Vida.

Opening lines:

“It was the year my uncle got arrested for killing his wife, and our family was the subject of all the town gossip. My dad and uncle were business partners, so my parents were practically on trial themselves, which meant that most of the parents didn’t want their kids to hang around me anymore, and I lost the few friends I had.

We were foreigners, spics, in a town of blancos. I don’t know how we ended up there. There’s tons of Latinos in New Jersey, but somehow we ended up in the one town that only kept them as maids. All the kids called me brownie on account of my permanent tan, or Indian because all the Indians they saw on TV were dark like me. I thought the gringos were all pink, not white, but I never said so. I was a quiet kid. Lonely, and a hell of a lot lonelier once my family became the featured topic on the nightly news.”

Whet your appetite?

So let’s get to the heart of the matter: the giveaway!

I’m giving away a signed copy of Patricia Engel’s short story collection. You can see a copy of the book in the photos of my “wiener dogs reading books” (Scarlet is above, and Ziggy is at bottom). The collection debuted in soft copy, as you see here, and it is signed by the author.

Here’s how to enter:
1) Leave a comment below. You can say anything you want–e.g., you can choose to tell me why you want a copy of the book, or tell me about an immigrant experience (or an experience in which you were a minority, not necessarily having to do with being a person of color), or a coming of age moment, or simply say you just rrrreally want a copy of the book. Do fill out your email address when you fill out the fields in the comment box (it won’t be published to the world, but I will need it in order to contact you in case you win)!
2) 1 entry per person
3) The giveaway is open worldwide.
4) If you win the contest, I will email you for your mailing address.
5) Winners will be chosen by a random number generator.
6) I will be announcing the contest winner on the blog. None of your personal information will be posted, aside from your first name and last initial (or the nickname you choose to list in your comment). If you see that someone else has entered the same name as you, please try to pick a different nickname to call yourself, just for sanity.
7) If you are below the age of 13, please ask your parents to fill out the comment field with their information.

The deadline to enter a comment is Wednesday August 10, 2011 1:00pm PST. The winner (picked at random) will be announced August 10, 2011 by 9:00pm PST.

Update: The winner is announced!
Ziggy the Wiener Dog reading Vida by Patricia Engel


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20 responses to “Vida giveaway!

  1. *raises hand* i want it! 😀
    and hmmm minority story…… i always feel awkward when extended family or friends bring me to church, because i’m not religious. especially in bible school. they always ask what religion my family is and i’ve only been to churches that aren’t Catholic, and a lot of the kids seem to think the Catholic faith is awful for some reason (my mother’s catholic).
    my mother and dad are different branches of Christians, so after i tell them what my parents religions are, they ask what i am. *cue awkward moment*
    lool not sure if that counts x]

  2. me me me! i want a copy for my mom so we can discuss 😀

  3. beachtwin110

    I want a copy for me to read and review; plus, I want to be able to discuss it with my book club.

  4. Oooh book book book.
    I want one! Because I love love love reading and the first thing I need is another book to read and then place on my already over-flowing bookshelf 🙂

  5. gaijinmama

    I’d love to read this! Throw my hat in the ring.

  6. gab

    i have one copy but i want the signed version. how do i enter the give away?

  7. I want too! Ooh!! Cool giveaway! Immigrant story? You know, we all have LOTS of these?? Sadly? Anyway. I was super little.. 6 years old maybe? I just remember grown-ups being giants.. I came about to their waists. My mother was in a car accident, it was NOT her fault — someone rammed into HER — cops came and sided with the other person, a white woman, while my mother struggled to communicate what happened. Then my father was there, who speaks slightly better English, he kind of got into a spat with the officer, and the cop said, words I won’t ever forget, “I can’t understand her [my mother]! She’s speaking Asianese to me or whatever it is she’s speaking! Tell her to speak English for chrissakes, it’s America.” Ultimately we had to go to court for the whole incident and I recall the trouble my parents had communicating to their own lawyer. That was when I decided I wanted to become a lawyer someday, to be able to advocate for people like my mom and dad.

    • Wow. Yes, we have our stories, but I really want to believe you are 97 years old … because that would mean this awful story happened so long ago that we’ve moved so far from here in our ways of interacting with people who aren’t like us. *sigh* Some serious wishful thinking there.

  8. Throwing my name in the hat. Just posted yesterday about an experience in which I was a minority (which, in some ways, is nearly every experience, except when I’m at VONA …).

  9. Arlene T.

    I’d like a copy of Vida. Sounds interesting!

  10. I want! I want! I need something good to read. :o)

  11. I would really like a copy to read! and I am an immigrant myself 🙂

  12. Nikole Molina

    Ooohh book!! Throwing my name in the hat! Sounds very intresting! Hope to get to read it.

  13. Since the beginning of recorded time, the strongest, most durable, longest lasting element has been the written word and Ms Engel has risen (through the ranks of VONA and the world) to mastery level. I am honored to know her and would be further honored by a signed copy of her first on my shelf.

  14. Me too! So many amazing books have come my way this year through unexpected channels, and I’m “good at” winning random contests like these. But seriously–would love a copy.

  15. Awesome giveaway. I’ve been wanting to read this!

  16. I’m the parent of a thirteen year old immigrant minority that can’t get past my coming of age moment that had to do with a free book my favorite thing to get free in the world, especially a signed one wish me luck cool contest…oh yeah if when I win notify me via google+ not twitter please thx!

  17. It sounds fantastic! I want one! I don’t have any immigrant stories, but I’m sure my great-grandfather did. I did learn how Irish dancing was invented, though (the way they move their legs but keep their upper bodies still). It was so the English guards on the other side of the wall couldn’t see they were dancing while they should have been working. I’ve never confirmed the story, but I believe it.

    • Thank you everyone, for entering! The giveaway entry is now closed (I’ll be picking a winner shortly, and posting it up here on the blog). Thank you for your enthusiasm about Patty’s book, and I hope that even if you don’t win a copy, you get around to reading Vida. 🙂

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