Win Emory’s Gift, a Novel – Signed by W. Bruce Cameron!

Emory's Gift

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13-year-old Charlie Hall is struggling, lost, and alone after his mother’s death, his father’s emotional retreat, and after graduating to the lowest rung of the junior high ladder, 7th grade. Wandering the mountainous woods behind his rural Idaho home, Charlie hurts deeply, silently.

While fishing one day, Charlie startles a hungry mountain lion who moves in close to pounce. Charlie, near panic,  gears up for the fight of his life. Just then, an enormous grizzly bear—thought to be extinct in the area—rears from the forest on its hind legs, scaring the lion away. Charlie, noting the bear’s sharp teeth and claws, thinks his fate is now far worse, but soon learns that a deadly mauling is not in the cards.

Something is very, very different about this bear, a Grizzly called Emory, and his strange kindness toward Charlie is only the start. Emory has an important message for the world and, in delivering it, he helps Charlie reconnect with his father, allowing both to discover that they can and will survive their devastating grief.

WHAT AUTHOR W. BRUCE CAMERON DOES RIGHT

W. Bruce CameronI gave Cameron high marks for his previous book, A Dog’s Purpose: A Novel for Humans (affiliate link), because his narrative surprised me. He carefully constructed countless opportunities to derive meaning in new a way, a dog’s way, asking very human questions about life’s purpose and the human/dog relationship.

Emory’s Gift: A Novel (affiliate link) reveals an entirely different side of Cameron’s writing, one that so intuitively spells out the intricacies of life through the eyes of a young, endearing boy. I became putty in his turn of phrase, his hand-picked words lifting, drifting and intertwining the delicate balance – and sometimes imbalance – of  the immense love we feel when hurt by others’ pain, our anger at loving so deeply during times of loss, and the sweet joys of friendship, family, rekindled connections and shared understanding.

While I haven’t yet finished the book – leaving no chance for a spoiler – I simply cannot put it down. Since the release date was September 1, a mere four days ago, I’d love to discuss this book further with those who plan to read it.  That said, I introduce…

THE GIVEAWAY!

Giveaway!US and Canadian residents: Leave a comment on this post below mentioning what you might like about this book. Do so before 11:59 PM (ET) Sunday, September 11, 2011 and you’ll be entered into a random drawing to win a copy of Emory’s Gift, signed by the author and shipped straight from the publisher. I’ll announce the winner Monday, September 12th, in the comments section of this post.

Best of luck to you all!
I look forward to your comments!

MORE ABOUT W. BRUCE CAMERON

W. Bruce Cameron is the New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of A Dog’s Purpose, which was bought by DreamWorks for a live-action film, with Cameron adapting the screenplay.  Critics loved A Dog’s Purpose—with quotes from Temple Grandin, Alice Walker, and Dr. Marty Becker to name a few, and it was reviewed in a wide range of publications including BookPage, Guideposts, and Cesar’s Way magazine. Readers loved it, too!  Just created in July 2010, the A Dog’s Purpose Facebook fan page has over 80,000 fans, with new fans every day.   Bruce is also the author of the New York Times bestseller, 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter which was turned into the hit ABC series that continues to run in syndication, 8 Simple Rules for Marrying My Daughter, and How to Remodel a Man.  He has twice received the National Society of Newspaper Columnists Award for Best Humor Columnist and was recently named Columnist of the Year by the NSNC.   His nationally syndicated column is published in over 50 newspapers.

Comments

  1. one person's view says:

    What would I like about this book? It’s got an animal in it… 🙂

  2. I work with animal-therapy programs, including one that uses dogs for therapy visits. “A Dog’s Purpose” is one of my favorite books, and can’t wait to read “Emory’s Gift”. Aloha

  3. authorbessiemac says:

    Sounds like a great read — enter me!

  4. Animal tales bring sunshine into my life & hope for the future. My pup companion, Kai, is my best friend & he likes his human.

  5. @one person’s view And not just any animal … a fascinating Grizzly character! The whole time I’m reading, I’m all, “I want a friend like Emory!” In fact, when I thought something had happened to him as I was turning pages last night, the tears were in no shortage. I do have to mention, before I give the wrong impression, this book is pretty gosh darn humorous too!

  6. @CPStout Aloha to you too! If you liked A Dog’s Purpose, you will definitely like Emory’s Gift. I actually like Emory’s Gift more – although it’s about a boy, not a dog. It’s a beautiful coming of age novel.

  7. @authorbessiemac Considered yourself entered. I’d recommend this one whether you win or not, but I wish you luck!

  8. @authorbessiemac Considered yourself entered. I’d recommend this one whether you win or not, but I wish you luck!

  9. @SashaKai Animals. Sunshine. Hope. Isn’t that the truth!

  10. @SashaKai Animals. Sunshine. Hope. Isn’t that the truth!

  11. saltysheepdog says:

    I think I would like the same thing about Emory’s Gift that I did about A Dog’s Purpose: I admire Cameron’s ability to put himself completely inside his characters and see out their eyes. I’m eager to read Emory’s Gift just to see how Cameron achieves that complete immersion with a different character.

  12. I think I would like it because I’m guessing this bear is going to bust some human stereotypes about Grizzlies. So…. does he?

  13. I am fascinated by the ability of animals to empathize and tune in to the human condition so keenly. I can’t wait to read this book.

  14. @saltysheepdog I find Cammeron’s immersion here so spot on. You’ll have to tell me if you agree. Perhaps it’s just easier to gauge getting back to human perspective. Whatever it is, this young boy is just darling.

  15. @saltysheepdog I find Cammeron’s immersion here so spot on. You’ll have to tell me if you agree. Perhaps it’s just easier to gauge getting back to human perspective. Whatever it is, this young boy is just darling.

  16. @Rumpydog Hahaha. I’m not telling! I will say this Grizzly isn’t your average Grizzly, even compared with others in the book.

  17. @Rumpydog Hahaha. I’m not telling! I will say this Grizzly isn’t your average Grizzly, even compared with others in the book.

  18. @pixelsmom This book is from the boy’s perspective so you’ll see him pondering the Grizzly’s behavior quite a bit… although not as much as other characters expect of him. Perhaps he is naturally accepting of this bear because he is a child and, in a child’s innocent way, has no good reason to question all that happens. 🙂

  19. Congratulations to @authorbessiemac , winner of Emory’s Gift, A Novel! To get your copy (signed by the author and shipped straight from the publisher), just email your shipping information to kim at thisonewildlife dot com!

    Thanks to everybody who entered and I apologize for the delayed announcement. Monday madness truly got the better of me.

  20. This One Wild Life says:

    We have a winner! Facebook doesn’t allow me to announce who here, so click through and read the top comments to find out!

  21. Last call, @authorbessiemac , if I don’t receive your address by tomorrow morning (kim at thisonewildlife.com), I’ll have to pick another winner for Emory’s Gift… To the rest of you, this drawing isn’t over until it’s over!

  22. @saltysheepdog You are now the winner of Emory’s Gift, A Novel! To get your copy (signed by the author and shipped straight from the publisher), just email your shipping information to kim at thisonewildlife dot com!

  23. saltysheepdog says:

    Thanks again, Kim! The book arrived today, and I’ll be writing about it myself after I have a chance to read it. Here are my fervent online thanks to you and all: http://www.shaggydogstories.net/2011/09/im-a-winnah-too/

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