Saturday, April 21, 2012

Book Giveaway: An Unexpected Guest by Anne Korkeakivi

Each day I’m amazed at the number of wonderful 9780316196772_388x586books that are published in so many genres that there is always something for everyone to enjoy.

I’m especially delighted when I have the opportunity to host a giveaway that features a new intriguing release. Today’s giveaway features the 288-page hardcover, AN UNEXPECTED GUEST by Anne Korkeakivi, just released.

Here’s what Margot Livesey, author of THE HOUSE ON FORTUNE STREET, had to say about this book: "Anne Korkeakivi writes wonderfully about embassy manners, food, and Paris, and she writes even better about the darker world that threatens to disrupt not just Clare's seating plan for dinner but her entire life. AN UNEXPECTED GUEST, like its heroine, is a novel of great elegance, enormous surprises, and unexpected depths."
Thanks to the author and the delightful Anna at Little, Brown and Company, I have 3 copies of AN UNEXPECTED GUEST to giveaway. Please see the end of the post for the guidelines. Here’s a bit more about the book.

Clare Moorhouse, the American wife of a high-ranking diplomat in Paris, is arranging an official dinner crucial to her husband's career. As she shops for fresh stalks of asparagus and works out the menu and seating arrangements, her day is complicated by the unexpected arrival of her son and a random encounter with a Turkish man, whom she discovers is a suspected terrorist. 

More unnerving is a recurring face in the crowd, one that belonged to another, darker era of her life. One she never expected to see again. But it can't be him--he's been dead for 20 years....

Like Virginia Woolf did in Mrs. Dalloway, the author brilliantly weaves the complexities of an age into an act as deceptively simple as hosting a dinner party. 
Anne Korkeakivi was born and raised in New York City but currently lives in Geneva, Switzerland, with her husband, who works at the United Nations, and two daughters. 

She has also lived in France, Finland, and a number of states in the Union, accumulating a B.A. in Classics and an M.A. in English and Comparative Literature. Her short stories have run in The Yale Review, The Atlantic, The Bellevue Literary Review, and other magazines. 

For more on Anne and her writing, visit her website at, like An Unexpected Guest on Facebook, and say hello to Anne on Twitter @AnneKorkeakivi 
Here are the giveaway guidelines. To enter this giveaway, please send me an e-mail ( with the subject line, “Win AN UNEXPECTED GUEST.” Your message should include your name and mailing address. The contest is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada only and no post office box addresses can be accepted. In addition, Canadian residents have to include their telephone number. And, just so you know, I don’t share this information with anyone other than the publisher nor use it for any other purpose. The deadline to enter this giveaway for a chance at one of 3 copies of AN UNEXPECTED GUEST is 8 p.m. (EST) on Saturday, May 5.

How do you handle unexpected guests? Have you ever caught a glimpse of someone in a crowd from your past, only to lose them before you had a chance to say hello? Thanks so much for stopping by today. Be sure to send an email for a chance to win a copy of AN UNEXPECTED GUEST.


  1. Mason - This sounds like a really interesting plot! Weaving in a character's past with a modern day plot can really be effective and of course, the setting is appealing. Thanks for sharing this with us.

  2. oooh, I like this plot, very intriguing.

    Great review.


  3. I'm sad to say I have problems with unexpected guests as I would always like all to be perfect but it is not always the case. I can adjust but it is less comfortable.
    This book looks very interesting.
    Thanks Mason

  4. This looks like a good story. I did see someone in the street whom I hadn't seen for ages and finally caught up to her. We talked for about five minutes about what had happened after we left school and then she said "By the way who are you?"
    So much for catching up. Apparently she was more memorable than I was.

  5. You have me wondering. Are you talking a ghost, or someone who faked their death?

  6. This sounds like an interesting book-thanks

  7. I sometimes head in the other direction when I see someone I just don't want to deal with.


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