Tell Me Something True – A Visit With Tanis Rideout

Today’s post by Tanis Rideout, author of ABOVE ALL THINGS  

The talented and generous team at Amy Einhorn Books has provided a copy of ABOVE ALL THINGS for one lucky winner. As usual, simply leave a comment on this post and you’ll be entered.

Tanis Rideout

UPDATE: the winner for this giveaway is Carol. She has been notified by email. Thanks to everyone who entered! And don’t forget to visit again soon.

My first novel, Above All Things, is based on the 1924 British expedition to Mt. Everest   an historical event and so is filled with true things. Most of them are not about me, but life has a way of creeping into my writing — in big ways and small ways. The way someone looks, a certain nervous tic, the details of an event or room. In order to make George and Ruth’s relationship spring to life I borrowed from my own.

In the novel, George and Ruth recall their first meeting quite differently. Ruth believes it is when her father invites George to stay with their family in Italy and remembers in detail how George first looked, what he said. George, though, recalls meeting her earlier at a New Years Eve Party. “We’ve met before, ” George insists, citing the dinner party, which Ruth remembers attending but she is unable to recall George’s presence at all.

My husband and I agree on our first meeting (though perhaps we’d been in the same room together before) — a reading at a local book store, an introduction by mutual friends — but like George and Ruth, we disagree on what it was that I was wearing. “You wore a red dress, ” George says — echoing my husband’s insistence.   And I agree with Ruth: “But I hadn’t. ”

I don’t recall owning any red dress — though years later I bought one to wear on our anniversary. Both my husband and I are sure we are correct. It has become part of our relationship’s history, a running joke, one that we both believe the other is the punch line of.

I gave this story to George and Ruth for a couple of reasons — to lend their meeting, their first getting to know each other an aura of authenticity — we attach a great deal of importance to how we meet people, particularly lovers. But I also gave them this story to highlight just how much it is possible for us to misremember, mistake and mis-tell of our own lives. One of us, my husband or me, is correct, that much is true. One of us isn’t. It changes nothing about our relationship, but makes me wonder what else might be misremembered or misconstrued. This innocent discrepancy seems hugely important in telling a story, like George and Ruth’s, that is very much about how we narrate and tell our own stories, to ourselves and to others.

“Tell me the story of Everest, ” she said, a fervent smile sweeping across her face, creasing the corners of her eyes. “Tell me about this mountain that’s stealing you away from me. ”  
 
In 1924 George Mallory departs on his third expedition to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Left behind in Cambridge, George’s young wife, Ruth, along with the rest of a war-ravaged England, anticipates news they hope will reclaim some of the empire’s faded glory. Through alternating narratives, what emerges is a beautifully rendered story of love torn apart by obsession and the need for redemption.

About Ariel Lawhon

Ariel Lawhon is co-founder of the popular online book club, She Reads, a novelist, blogger, and life-long reader. She lives in the rolling hills outside Nashville, Tennessee with her husband and four young sons (aka The Wild Rumpus). Her novel, THE WIFE THE MAID AND THE MISTRESS, will be published in January 2014 by Doubleday. Ariel believes that Story is the shortest distance to the human heart.

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77 Responses to Tell Me Something True – A Visit With Tanis Rideout

  1. Linda February 15, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    I am really interested to read this book, and am drawn in by the historical details of the plot as well as well as the intertwining of personal events adding more authenticity and depth to the characters. Thank you for the chance to win.

  2. Jayne D. February 15, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    Sounds like a great story about an interesting subject. Would love the chance to read it.
    Thanks

  3. Audra (Unabridged Chick) February 15, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    Love this story — and that it made it into Ms. Rideout’s novel. And I have to say, Ms. Rideout’s comment “… but makes me wonder what else might be misremembered or misconstrued.” makes me shiver, happily — fascinating take I hadn’t considered. Hers has been one of the top 2013 releases I’m dying to read — such a fabulous setting!

  4. Becky February 15, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    Thanks for the chance to have a copy- sounds like a great story! One that I would love to read!

  5. Jennifer February 15, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    What an interesting topic – i would love to read this book!

  6. Katherine Jones February 15, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    Fascinating premise. Sounds like another wonderful read.

  7. jane February 15, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    this book sounds so good! i hope i win!

  8. Billie February 15, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    Love historical fiction…can’t wait…

  9. Jenne S. February 15, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    Thanks so much for the chance to win such fascinating book!

  10. Karen February 15, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    Sounds like a lovely love story. Please enter my name!

  11. Paula Dolin February 15, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    This sounds like an intriguing story. Thanks for a chance to win.

  12. Ann Ellison February 15, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    Sounds like a wonderful read – I would love to win a copy.

  13. Becky S February 15, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    I love when authors weave in fun little details like how people met many years ago.

  14. shannon brown February 15, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    I love any book based during the War years, so this again will be one I will want to read!! Sounds fantastic!!! Shannon Brown

  15. Kathy February 15, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    The love story based on historic events should be a thrilling one that brings out facts as well as a relationship that has some “mis-remembered, mistakes, and miss-tells” that can bring conflict, humor and redemption in the story. Can’t wait to read this book.

  16. angela February 15, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    I really like books seeped in history, and I love the story about the red dress. What a little detail, yet both people are absolutely sure they’re right.

  17. Clive Millman February 15, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    I really want to read this book. I find the Inter-War period fascinaing

  18. Carol February 15, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    Wow. Sounds great!

  19. brooke February 15, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    Sounds intriguing… love historical fiction. Putting it on my “must read” list ;)

  20. Michelle Hyzer February 15, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    Love novels. This one looks excellent!

  21. Polly Schneider February 15, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    This sounds like a book I would love to read. Thanks for the opportunity.

  22. Diana Parker February 15, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    I wonder how many people have had to miss out on the love of their life because of prejudice–and how different this world would be if we all had open minds.

  23. Linda February 15, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    I would definitely read this book!

  24. Linda Kish February 15, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    This sounds like a very interesting story. One that I would love to read.

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  25. K8 F February 15, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    It sounds good and to be introduced to a new author is a bonus.

  26. Bridget Porter February 15, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    This book sounds really interesting. I would love a chance to win.

  27. Emily February 15, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    I am not a avid reader, but this book sounds like one I would sink my teeth into :)

  28. Laura Ford February 15, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    I love books that pull me away from my life, and this novel looks intriguing.

  29. Janet R February 15, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    Hearing the background of how/why a book was written makes it so much more intriguing! I’d love to win this book!

  30. Ariel February 15, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    I have loved everything Everest every since reading Into Thin Air. The fact that people would leave their warm comfy homes to risk their lives on Everest fascinates me. I also remember when Mallory’s body was found on Everest. Gruesome pictures are all over the internet. Why would he would he leave his wife and risk his life to conquer Everest. I can’t to read this book and find out!

  31. Michelle Walsh February 15, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    This looks like a great book, would love to win a copy of it!

  32. Bonnie February 15, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    Loved the description of the book….can’t wait to read it!

  33. Emma @ Words And Peace February 15, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    Sounds like a great read. thanks for the giveaway! Emma

  34. Patty C February 15, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    Sounds like a great ready. I enjoy historical fiction.

  35. Julie Vetrie February 15, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    My husband and I love telling the story of our first meeting. We agree on the particulars, if not the details. And I absolutely love to read historical fiction. I am intrigued.

  36. Georgia Herod February 15, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    I’m always looking for new, intriguing books to share with a couple of reading groups. This fits the criteria!

  37. Georgia Herod February 15, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    Sounds like another great read that a book group would enjoy. Hooray for good writers and readers!

  38. karenk February 15, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    thanks for the chance to read this wonderful novel ;)

  39. Francey February 15, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    would really like to win a copy…most definitely a good read…thanks for the opportunity.

  40. Sonja Bailey February 15, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    I am just learning that I enjoy reading books with a bit of history in them this particular one sounds super ~ I hope to locate this book our small library just cannot host all of the good reads * sigh but I will try

    thanks for the opportunity

    Sonja

  41. Lois Hudson February 15, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    Thanks for the opportunity to win this book.

  42. Susan G. February 15, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    This sounds very familiar…I will have to read this book!
    Thanks for the opportunity to win it!
    So many books…so little time.
    Susan G.

  43. Glenda February 15, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    I’m looking forward to reading this book. It sounds interesting.

  44. Lorilee Mundfrom February 15, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    This sounds like a wonderful book. I would love to win it! Thank you for giving a copy away.

  45. Cyndee Phelps February 15, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    Since I must now use a walker, I’ve found the best way to travel is a good book. This sounds like a great trip!

  46. Carol February 15, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    Would love to read the book and win it! Always look forward to reading!

  47. Dian February 16, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    Interestly enough this book was mentioned in an article from USA Today and sent to me by a fellow book club member. Would love to read it.

  48. kim richards February 16, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    My husband and I often remember details differently, and I chuckled to myself as I read the author’s background of the story! This sounds like a fascinating book. Thank you for writing it and for the chance to win a copy!

  49. Teresa February 16, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    I love books and I can’t wait to read this one! Sounds very interesting.

  50. Shirley February 16, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    Sounds like a great book. Would like to win.

  51. Betsy February 16, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    Sounds like when I read this there won’t be any house work or supper!

  52. Holly February 16, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    Sounds like a wonderful book to read curled up on the couch with a cup of coffee.

  53. Melinda K Taylor February 16, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    I would like to win this book. I am an avid reader, Thank you

  54. Jan Hall February 16, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    I would love to win this book.

  55. Kim February 16, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    This books sounds interesting and very timely. My passion is for “the family” and young people. I believe we need to re-introduce (and restore) quality character – good character: courage, love, grace, mercy, patience to our culture. I haven’t read this book, but the intro made me think about this.

    I facilitate parent workshops to help equip parents with skills and tools they need to help them keep their kids from high risk behaviors: drugs, alcohol, gangs, violence, etc. After reading this book (if appropriate) I’ll add it to the reading list. Love this group!

  56. Jayne D. February 16, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    I would love to read this book. It sounds wonderful.
    Thanks

  57. Ellin North February 16, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    I’ve always wondered about the lives and feelings of those left to keep body and soul together when the other spouse is trekking around the world, exploring, climbing mountains and other dangerous pursuits. This looks like an interesting read and may be the next pick for our book club. Thanks, Ellin

  58. Alice McGhee February 16, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    I read about anything I can get my hands and eyes on.My favorite thing t0 read is Christian fiction.

  59. Alice McGhee February 16, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    I read just about anything I can get my hands and eyeson, especially Christian fiction.

  60. Kim February 16, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    I read all kinds of books. Can’t wait!

  61. Melanie February 16, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    Looks like another good recommendation! Thanks!

  62. Heather February 16, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    This sounds like a fascinating story and I love the insight into how the author borrowed from her marriage in some ways.

  63. Jan Faught February 16, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    My hands are always ready to hold a new book and to be introduced to an author’s work that I have not read.

  64. Roxanne February 16, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    Sounds intriguing. Can’t wait to read it!

  65. Gisela Smith February 17, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    Awesome book by a very talented writer!!

  66. Julie February 17, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    I love to hear writers describe their books and how ideas came about! I will surely put this on my “must read” list! Sincerely , julie

  67. Kathy February 17, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    Sounds like a great read!

  68. Theresa Reeise February 17, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    Sounds like a wonderful book! I would love to read it.

  69. Cheryl Duchaine February 18, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    My passion is reading. My dream is to someday open up a bookstore/coffee shop where you can come in and read in comfy chairs, pick out a great book to buy or just stop in to visit and chat. (Small scale, ecletic style) I am 59 but still dreaming of having this little shop someday.

  70. Janet Estridge February 18, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    I would love to win a copy of this book to add to my personal library.
    Thanks for giving me the opportunity to do so.

  71. Audra February 18, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    Sounds like a great story! This is on my to read list!

  72. Nancy February 18, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    Thank you for all the great recommendations! Can’t wait to read this one.

  73. Michelle T. February 18, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    There’s nothing better than to be able to get away from reality a little while and dive into a good book. I savour a good book like most ladies do their chocolate. Thanks for making this give-a-way available. I would love to have a copy.

  74. Stephanie February 18, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    Sounds like a great book!! I will put this on my “must read” list.

  75. Lorie February 18, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    Oh my! I can hardly wait to begin reading this book! I have definitely added this book to my stack of must-reads that lay on the floor by my desk, each one just waiting for it’s chance to be picked up and devoured. I can see that once I do pick this one up it will be one of those days in which I’ll find myself lost and living among the characters, life and destination. Love those days!!!

  76. Rita February 18, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    Would love to read this book. Hope I win!!

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