Thursday, February 10, 2011
Bookaday: Swallow by Tonya Plank
Swallow - General Fiction / Literary Fiction
Synopsis: Sophie Hegel is a shy New York lawyer 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 she feels a fist-like ball form at the base of her throat. Diagnosed with the psychological condition Globus Hystericus, this "fist-ball" wreaks havoc on her life, causing difficulty eating, speaking, and eventually 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 tough-talking fashion maven, a painter of male nudes, an eccentric Sing Sing-residing client and a bevy of privileged Manhattan attorneys and judges, Swallow is a multiple award-winning novel 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.
Purchase Info: Swallow is available at Amazon, in ebook form:
and print: http://www.amazon.com/Swallow-Tonya-Plank/dp/0615280994/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1294347780&sr=8-2
It's also available at Barnes & Noble:
and on Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/12099
Author Info: 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. 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 CNN.com.
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.
Contact Info: http://www.tonyaplank.com/