Monday, December 27, 2010

Swallow Review & *Giveaway*

I was very intrigued to be able to read Swallow by Tonya Plank. I had never heard of Globus Sensate, the sensation of a ball in your throat, so I knew right away I would be interested in this story. It is actually kind of a comedy, and my goodness, the cast of characters is something else! Very unique and different, and a wonderful story that was a pleasure to read! I can't wait to read more by Tonya!

About the book: Sophie Hegel is a shy New York lawyer who hails from small-town Florence, Arizona, known not for the Renaissance but for housing a large prison. She's just graduated from Yale Law School and landed her first job when, one evening, during dinner with her fiancé, she feels a fist-like ball form at the base of her throat. A form of the psychological condition Globus Sensate, this "fist-ball" wreaks havoc on her life, causing her difficulty eating, speaking, and eventually even breathing. With a cast of characters that includes a pornographer father, a sister with a knack for getting knocked up by denizens of the town pen, a painter of male nudes, an eccentric Sing Sing-residing client, a tough-talking fashion maven and a bevy of privileged Manhattan lawyers and judges, Swallow is a dark comedy about the distance that can separate fathers and daughters, and about a young woman's struggle to survive in a world of pedigreed professionals for which she has no preparation.

About the author: Tonya Plank grew up in Phoenix, Arizona. She holds a B.A. in English from the University of Arizona, an M.A. in History from Brown University, and a J.D. from Rutgers Law School - Newark. She worked for many years as a NYC appellate-level criminal defense attorney for indigents. Also a competitive ballroom dancer, she writes the dance blog, Swan Lake Samba Girl, which has been lauded by James Wolcott of Vanity Fair and Terry Teachout of the Wall Street Journal and has been cited in those publications as well as the New York Times Arts Beat blog, the Washington Post, and Her first novel, Swallow, won a gold medal for best regional fiction in the 2010 Independent Publisher Book Awards, the gold medal for women's fiction in the 2010 Living Now Book Awards, and was a finalist in the ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards and the National Indie Excellence Awards. Her law review articles have been cited in numerous books and publications. She currently lives in New York, where she is working on her second novel, a legal / urban drama. Visit her website at:

Tonya is generously offering one of my readers the chance to win a copy of her book! Here's how:

1. Follow my blog.
2. If you had Globus Sensate, how do you think it would affect your life?

Giveaway ends January 3rd. Good luck!


  1. I am a follower.

    If I had Globus Sensate, I would find it hard to concentrate without worrying about the lump in the throat.
    rmccoy1234 at yahoo dot com

  2. I follow your blog with GFC. Username: missreneer :)
    Thanks for the giveaway, this looks so interesting!

    mrsjohnson1982 at yahoo dot com

  3. Oh my goodness. I can't imagine having Globus Sensate. If I did I think it would affect my relationships because I would probably isolate myself.

    mrsjohnson1982 at yahoo dot com

  4. Following! This sounds like an awesome book, I am always looking for fun reads! If I had this disorder I think it would definitly ruin any dreams I had of a singing career! Luckily it shouldn't mess up me making ceramics too much.

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