Book Giveaway: THE DARLINGS by Cristina Alger

Thanks to Lindsay at Pamela Dorman/Penguin, I get to give away one copy of Cristina Alger’s timely new novel, The Darlings (I’m still reading it so a review will come later). Here’s the description from the author’s website:

A sophisticated page-turner about a wealthy New York family embroiled in a financial scandal with cataclysmic consequences.

Now that he’s married to Merrill Darling, daughter of billionaire financier Carter Darling, attorney Paul Ross has grown accustomed to New York society and all of its luxuries: a Park Avenue apartment, weekends in the Hamptons, bespoke suits. When Paul loses his job, Carter offers him the chance to head the legal team at his hedge fund. Thrilled with his good fortune in the midst of the worst financial downturn since the Great Depression, Paul accepts the position.

But Paul’s luck is about to shift: a tragic event catapults the Darling family into the media spotlight, a regulatory investigation, and a red-hot scandal with enormous implications for everyone involved. Suddenly, Paul must decide where his loyalties lie—will he save himself while betraying his wife and in-laws or protect the family business at all costs?

Cristina Alger’s glittering debut novel interweaves the narratives of the Darling family, two eager SEC attorneys, and a team of journalists all racing to uncover—or cover up—the truth. With echoes of a fictional Too Big to Fail and the novels of Dominick Dunne, The Darlings offers an irresistible glimpse into the highest echelons of New York society—a world seldom seen by outsiders—and a fast-paced thriller of epic proportions.

The book has received positive reviews from Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and Library Journal, among other publications. For more info on Alger, visit her website, where you can also read an excerpt.

If the novel sounds like it’s right up your alley, enter for a chance to win it by leaving a comment about a fake scandal from your past. Or it could be real—I won’t know. Just make it juicy!

Giveaway is open to US/Canada residents only, and ends next Tuesday, February 28, at 5 p.m. PST. One winner will be randomly chosen and have 48 hours to claim the book. Now let’s have you “leak” some scandalous details!



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    February 21, 2012 at 10:00 am

    I had an affair with royalty, almost causing an international incident.

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    February 21, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Sounds like a book I would like to read. I like the storyline and especially the timeline.
    Thanks for the chance to win.

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      February 21, 2012 at 11:44 am

      I think you are supposed to provide a real or fake scandal from your past, Marjorie. Just saying you think you might like it won’t get you entered, right PCN?

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    February 21, 2012 at 11:54 am

    I don’t want to get too specific here, but I will give you the basics:

    There was a girl (there always is, isn’t there?)
    There was a crush
    girl’s Mother was famous

    Didn’t know the girl’s Mom was THAT woman I picked up in a bar drunk, wearing a wig, sunglasses and trenchcoat who had worn me out and left me alone in a cheap motel

    I showed up for a date with girl
    Girl’s Mom sends her upstairs
    Mom shoots me a glare, tosses me an envelope full of money
    The next day, girl’s numbers and real estate were changed

    Never saw her again…. except on the small screen: Dr. Drew’s Celebrity Rehab

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    February 21, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    I got arrested for hitting a guy at work who wouldn’t stop clipping his toenails at his desk.

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    February 21, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    I would post it, but it’s too scandalous to report. I’m sure you’ve already heard about it from Mr. Murdoch!

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    Eric Edwards
    February 21, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Let’s just say that during the allegations that lead to all the heat Bill Clinton got for extra-marital affairs, I was very glad because it took the spotlight off what Hillary and I were up to in a certain B&B in New Hampshire. Did it ever really end? I’m not saying exactly, but I will add that a certain self proclaimed maverick decided three is always good company, no matter the political views.

    Okay, I just made myself throw up a little.

    Does it still count as an entry?

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    February 21, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    In high school (back in the day before it was cool to be a chick athlete), girls got screwed on uniforms and equipment. So my HS, in all its higher level of education glory, decided our team would sell raffle tickets or have to pay for our own damn uniforms. The even dimmer bulbs decided we should sell said raffle tickets at an outdoor street fair taking place in the city of OUR CROSSTOWN RIVALS.

    Needless to say, it was only when faced with this sales and marketing nightmare and hours of mocking turndowns that I stooped to writing “Please Buy a Raffle Ticket to Support Deaf-Mute Athletics” on the back of my raffle ticket book.

    Please don’t tell the above story to the State Bar, I passed my background check.

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    February 21, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    I went skinny dipping at night in what I thought was a public lake. Turned out it was an old man’s property.


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    February 21, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    My late grandmother lived together with my elderly aunt. It was only after Nana had passed away, did I learn that they were not related and in fact they were lovers.

    Their complicated story dated back from their homeland, Russia. Allegedly, the ‘aunt’s mother was a nurse who delivered Tsar Nicolas II’s youngest daughter Anastasia. It is not clear whether by mistake or on purpose the nurse switched the Tsar’s child with a peasant’s baby. The peasant was my greatgrandma.

    So I think it is perfectly clear that as a noble progeny, I am most deserving of winning the book giveaway. And please, do not upstage me with some ‘I am a descendant of Jesus’ Davinci Code-type stories – I haven’t been done exposing the REST of my family.

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    Elizabeth Duncan
    February 22, 2012 at 5:37 am

    I was walking down Hollywood Blvd. when a man with a little brown and white dog asked me to look after him while he just popped into a shop for a minute. I said sure. The dog could do all kinds of tricks; he sat up, barked and played dead. A crowd gathered and I accepted money from people who wanted to be photographed with the adorable Jack Russell. One man even wanted to buy him. But I was tempted to keep him for myself. Run! I told myself. Just take the dog and run! I was just about to do that when the man came out of the store and took the dog’s lead out of my hand.
    “Good boy, Uggie,” he said, and then thanked me.

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    February 22, 2012 at 10:43 am

    When I was working on my doctoral thesis back in the 1990s, I did part of my research in the Harvard library. Some of these books dated back to the 1600s and were housed with the rare books. Their rare books were not to leave the library. But I borrowed one, took it home.
    While I was reading the book at my dining room table, my advisor, a professor at Harvard, came to my home uninvited and walked right in without knocking. I didn’t want him to know I had that book, so I tried to hide it, but he was too quick for me.
    My advisor tried to grab the book. So I threw it in the fireplace that’s next to my dining room table.
    No word on whether Harvard ever noticed that the book is missing.

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      February 22, 2012 at 12:01 pm

      And I think we have a winner…

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    Sheila K.
    February 26, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    I would love to read this book—thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!

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