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Matrimony – Review and Giveaway

December 8, 2008


Carter Heinz and Julian Wainwright meet as freshmen at Graymont College.  They both meet girls that they end up marrying.  Matrimony, by Joshua Henkin, follows the relationship between Julian and Mia.  They date all through college, living together by their senior year.  When Mia’s mother discovers she has breast cancer, Mia proposes that she and Julian get married so that her mother can attend the ceremony.  After graduation, Julian and Mia move to Michigan where she pursues her Masters and he works on a novel and teaches an occasional English Composition class.  They seem to be happy, even though Julian feels like he doesn’t always fit in with Mia and her fellow students.  Julian is still in contact with Carter and flies to California to attend Carter’s law school graduation.  While he’s there he learns a secret that causes him to leave Mia on his return to Michigan.  Mia stays in Michigan and Julian attends the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.  When he finds out that his parents are getting divorced, Julian goes to New York to see them and he stops to see Mia on his way back to Iowa.  I don’t want to give too much more of the story away, but I enjoyed this wonderful book about relationships and friendships and how we have to make compromises in our life.

joshua-henkinThis book is a New York Times Notable Book.  Josh Henkin has been very supportive of book bloggers and he’s also willing to participate in book club discussions.  This book would make a marvelous holiday gift for the book lover in your life.

If you’d like to win an inscribed, autographed copy of this book, simply leave a comment on this post.  This contest is open world-wide.  I will use to determine the winners.  Contest ends at midnight EST, Monday, December 15, 2008.  Winners will be announced on Tuesday, December 16, 2008.

56 Comments leave one →
  1. December 8, 2008 8:27 am

    Because you’ve been the first entrant on many of my giveaways Kathy, here I am!

  2. December 8, 2008 8:33 am

    I’ve read a lot about this book – I’d love to win a copy! Thanks for the chance.

  3. Melanie permalink
    December 8, 2008 8:39 am

    Count me in:)

  4. December 8, 2008 8:45 am

    No need to enter me. This book is in my TBR pile. Just wanted to say that I’m glad you enjoyed the book. I’m looking forward to reading it myself.

  5. December 8, 2008 9:09 am

    Nice review. Sounds interesting, and I like the settings (colleges, Midwest). Please don’t enter me in the drawing, I won’t get to this one in the near future.

  6. stacybuckeye permalink
    December 8, 2008 9:21 am

    Sounds good. Please sign me up.

  7. December 8, 2008 9:36 am

    Kathy DO NOT ENTER ME!! LOL I read the book and your review is great. Happy that you enjoyed the book. Good luck everyone.

  8. Annette permalink
    December 8, 2008 9:58 am

    I’d love to try this book out! Thanks….

    agjuba at hotmail dot com

  9. Sara Miller permalink
    December 8, 2008 10:17 am

    Please enter me. Thank You. Sararush at hotmail dot com

  10. December 8, 2008 11:12 am

    Me please!

  11. December 8, 2008 11:18 am

    It sounds lovely.
    I do enjoy a book about the subtleties and the unique character of family relationships.

  12. December 8, 2008 11:49 am

    I’ve seen a million good reviews of this book, I’m in 🙂

  13. December 8, 2008 11:52 am

    Kathy – I loved your review. I’ve seen some really great reviews of this book lately, and you’ve got a great giveaway!

    I’d love to be included.

    🙂 Wendi
    wbarker (at)

  14. December 8, 2008 12:16 pm

    After reading several different reviews…I’d like to check this one our for myself. 🙂 Thanks again for a chance at a new read!

  15. December 8, 2008 12:31 pm

    I was so interested in hearing what happens next I knew I had to enter!


    nbmars AT yahoo DOT com

  16. December 8, 2008 12:44 pm

    Kathy, I’m always so impressed by your ability to summarize an entire book so well in just one paragraph. It’s something I aspire to! Great review!

  17. December 8, 2008 1:47 pm

    Great summary. I’d love to win this one. I love the cover of this book too!

  18. December 8, 2008 2:26 pm

    looks like matrimony’s on a roll yet again! do enter me for this giveaway! i have been trying to get my hands on a copy of this one for a while now!:))

  19. melissa permalink
    December 8, 2008 3:29 pm

    wow that book sounds amzing!! what a great winter read! please enter me!

  20. December 8, 2008 3:50 pm

    I’d love to win this. I’ve heard great things about it!

  21. December 8, 2008 4:01 pm

    I would love a chance to read this one. Please enter me!

  22. Stacey permalink
    December 8, 2008 4:44 pm

    I’m trying my luck all over the place to try to win this! 🙂 Crossing my fingers!

    Stacey @ book:thirty

  23. December 8, 2008 5:28 pm

    I really enjoyed this book too, Kathy!

    For anyone who wants to increase their chances of getting a copy of Matrimony – you can enter my giveaway until December 10th 🙂

  24. December 8, 2008 7:29 pm

    I’ve just started reading this book and am enjoying it. Don’t enter me in the contest – good luck to everyone!

  25. December 8, 2008 7:29 pm

    I have read so many reviews about this book and would love to read it. Thanks for the chance.

  26. December 8, 2008 7:38 pm

    I don’t need to be entered, but I’m in the middle of this one right now and really am enjoying it!

  27. December 8, 2008 8:48 pm

    Please enter me in this contest to win Matrimony

  28. michelle rosborough permalink
    December 8, 2008 10:59 pm

    Would love to read this

  29. December 8, 2008 10:59 pm

    This looks like a great read! Thanks for the giveaway!

  30. amandasue permalink
    December 8, 2008 11:12 pm

    I’d love to be entered for this book it sounds wonderful. Thanks.

  31. December 9, 2008 2:53 am

    ah…one more for Matrimony. Please enter me. I would love to win too.

  32. December 9, 2008 9:35 am

    Can you believe I haven’t had a chance to read this yet? Great review. 🙂

  33. December 9, 2008 11:44 am

    From the mid-west and would love to read this book. Thanks!

  34. December 9, 2008 1:10 pm

    I would like an entry. Thanks!

  35. December 9, 2008 7:17 pm

    I have heard so much about this book!

  36. December 9, 2008 7:25 pm

    Sounds fascinating…please put me in the drawing!

  37. December 9, 2008 8:58 pm

    No need to enter me, but I wanted to stop by and say that I am really enjoying this book.

  38. Renee G permalink
    December 9, 2008 9:26 pm

    Would love to have a copy to share with my sister.

    rsgrandinetti (at)

  39. Jessica permalink
    December 9, 2008 9:33 pm

    Great giveaway. I’d love to be entered. Thanks.

  40. Anita Yancey permalink
    December 9, 2008 9:53 pm

    I have heard so much about this book. I would love the chance to read it. Please enter me.

  41. December 10, 2008 5:53 am

    I have read so many reviews of this book. I’d love the chance to read it for myself! Thank you.

  42. December 10, 2008 10:51 am

    It does seem like this book is everywhere lately! I’d be happy to win, too. Thanks Kathy! 🙂

    writing.meg [at]

  43. Carmen T permalink
    December 10, 2008 11:23 am

    I’ll like to be entered in the giveaway. Please enter me. Thank you! =)

  44. December 10, 2008 3:33 pm

    Please enter me! I’m trying to start reviewing books on my own blog as well.

  45. December 10, 2008 6:47 pm

    Can I enter even though I just won? This sounds like me, too.

  46. December 10, 2008 7:53 pm

    This book is in my TBR pile…great pick!

  47. December 10, 2008 8:22 pm

    Great review! This book sounds so good and I keep hearing about it. I would love a chance to read it. Please include me too. Thanks!

  48. Lizzie-B permalink
    December 14, 2008 5:40 am

    I would love to be entered to win a copy of this book.

  49. Liz permalink
    December 14, 2008 11:37 pm

    This book sounds great! I am adding it to my to-read list whether I win or not, but I’d still love to win 😉


  50. December 15, 2008 3:51 am

    This is a book I would very much enjoy reading!

  51. Cecilia permalink
    December 15, 2008 4:54 am

    Got my hot cocoa and blanket all ready for some mid winter reading.

  52. December 15, 2008 12:13 pm

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  53. December 15, 2008 3:43 pm

    I often feel like the only person in the blogosphere who hasn’t read this (I’ve read so many rave reviews), so please enter me!

  54. Nicole permalink
    December 15, 2008 4:27 pm

    i’d love a chance to win and read htis book! thanks so much!!

  55. kate permalink
    December 15, 2008 4:30 pm

    I would love to be entered to win!! thank you so much!

  56. December 15, 2008 9:40 pm

    Thanks to everyone for entering, and I’m looking forward to sending a signed copy to the winner. I hope that even if you don’t win you will consider buying a copy of MATRIMONY and also giving it as a holiday gift. I also wanted to let you know that I’ve been participating in a lot of book group discussions of MATRIMONY, and I’d be delighted to participate with your book group. If you are interested, you can reach me at Jhenkin [at] SLC [dot] edu. Happy holidays to you all!



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