Yesterday I reviewed the most wonderful book I’ve read in a long time called When We Were Strangers by Pamela Schoenewaldt (my review). The copy I have was a galley copy and every few pages was faded out some and it was a little difficult to read. However as I said in my review once I had read even the first 20 pages of this book I could not put it down.
About the Book (from Pamela Schoenewaldt’s website)
“If you leave Opi, you’ll die with strangers,” Irma Vitale’s mother always warned. But Irma is too poor and too plain to marry and can’t find honest work in her tiny mountain village in Southern Italy. Barely twenty, she must leave home bearing only native wit and astonishing skill with a needle. Risking rough passage across the Atlantic, a single woman in a strange land, Irma seeks a new life sewing dresses for gentlewomen.
Swept up in the crowded streets of nineteenth-century America, Irma finds workshop servitude and miserable wages, but also seeds of friendship in the raw immigrant quarters. When her determination leads at last to Chicago, Irma blossoms under the hand of an austere Alsatian dressmaker, sewing fabrics and patterns more beautiful than she’d ever imagined. Then this tenuous peace is shattered. From the rubble, confronting human cruelty and kindness, suffering and hope, a new Irma emerges, nurturing a talent she’d never imagined and an unlikely family, patched together by the common threads that unite us all.
The good folks at HarperCollins though sent me a nice finished paperback copy of When We Were Strangers by Pamela Schoenewaldt (thank you!) that I’m going to share with my readers because this is a novel that deserves to be shared with other booklovers. To enter…
- For 1 entry leave me a comment with a way to contact you.
- For 2 entries follow my blog. If you already do please let me know and I’ll give you the extra entry as well.
- For 3 entries blog or tweet this giveaway and spread the word.
Since this is my own copy this giveaway is going to be open worldwide! I will draw for the winner on Saturday, February 26, 2011. Good luck everyone!
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