Skunk (A Love Story) by Justin Courter – Review & Giveaway

I hope you’ll excuse my brief absence. I was taking my leisure with some skunk. Skunk A Love Story, that is. When I first stumbled upon this book, I was immediately taken in by the premise: A man, obsessed by the odor of skunks, falls in love with a woman equally obsessed with fish. While the storyline definitely got my attention, I couldn’t help but wonder–could Courter pull it off through an entire book? After all, the story was originally published as a short. I had a hard time imagining it going any further than a few chapters. But I was more than pleasantly surprised.

Skunk A Love Story is a whirl of imagination and one-of-a-kind humor. I spent much of my reading time laughing out loud and then rereading the portion of text to laugh some more. While the premise may seem completely unbelievable and a rather tall tale when told in summary, the way in which the book is written will have any reader buying it hook, line, and sinker. Another big surprise? Skunk’s plot line takes several drastic turns, and I’d love to tell you what happens but I won’t be a stinker. I’ve seen many books fall flat when the author decides to rip the protagonist out of his comfy setting and plunk him somewhere totally unexpected. But Courter makes these transitions brilliantly without leaving the reader straining to find his way back into the groove.

I am pleased to bestow the great and not-yet coveted Goldfish Award on this most worthy of books. Skunk will make for fantastic summer reading. Sarcastic humor, unusual story line, and the only thing fluffy about it are those cute black and white critters. You’ll want to breathe this one in and savor it as I did. So here’s your chance. I have one copy to give away to a lucky reader.

3 Ways to Enter:

1.) Leave a comment telling me something you’re really hooked on. I’ll go first – I admit to liking the smell of skunk. Yes, I am a skunk sniffer, but only at a distance. I’ve never had one as a pet, but I knew someone who did and I was jealous. Don’t tell anyone, please. It’s rather embarrassing.

2.) Subscribers are automatically entered into this and all future giveaways. Just plunk your email address in the little white box on the right column. (Please make sure to verify your Feedburner subscription by responding to the email they send you. If you don’t receive it, check your junk mail.)

3.) Blog about this giveaway on your blog with a link back to this post.

Do all three, and you’ve got three entries to win! You have until midnight EST on Wednesday, May 21, 2008, to enter.

***Read the first three chapters of Skunk A Love Story online. This book is available in June from Omnidawn.

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113 comments to Skunk (A Love Story) by Justin Courter – Review & Giveaway

  • mannequin

    I’m hooked on stray animals also. If I see one, I feel an intense obligation to pick him up and bring him home. That ended up with 20 animals and havin to build a kennel…
    this book sounds soooo good!

  • lindsey

    rocking chairs. I absolutely love the rocking motion and have to have one at all times!

  • sarah

    The title intrigues me. Talk about juxtaposition..

  • Shelly

    I am really hooked on Swedish Fish (the candy) and Top Chef (the show). Book sounds weird and intriguing.

  • Carolynn

    LOL…this book sounds like fun, thanks for the chance ti win!

  • I am hooked on Coke and chocolate for breakfast and have been for at least 20 years now. I have honestly tried to stop, but I keep coming back to it.

    I must say that I am intrigued by the premise of the book.

  • Amira

    when it comes to smells, i love the smell of dirt after it rains.

  • Amanda Titus

    I’m hooked on British sitcoms! Little Britain, Coupling, The Robinsons, The Office – literally can’t get enough…

  • I’m hooked on bad reality TV. Like America’s Next Top Model. Shhhh…..

  • Kim

    OK, I’m glad I’m not the only one who doesn’t mind the smell of skunk – I thought I was really weird! I am hooked on books. Not a day goes by that I am not reading a book (or listening to an audiobook in the car).

  • Tisha

    This book looks pretty interesting… one of the things I’m hooked on is taking pictures =)


  • Cat W

    Have to say, fascinated by what I’ve now read and I’ll say it…I love bragging to friends outside of North America about the smell of skunk! LOL It’s so unique and indiginous to us…it’s very difficult to describe and they are ALWAYS fascinated in a sort of horrified way! LOL Me, I’m addicted to many things (I’m a Gemini/Monkey sentimental packrat ; ) I’m an animal lover, yet strangely addicted to collecting antique books like ‘Animal Life’ by P.T. Barnum. It’s totally about the illustrations for me and it is heartbreaking to read some of the text/stories. But I still go back for more. Physically they are beautiful texts, just eerie factual reminders of the cruelty that was perpetrated on our 4 legged friends that (hopefully) we’ve learned and moved on from.

  • My grandmother used to feed skunks in her backyard. Now my parents do. When I visited Tasmania I was surprised that the Tasmanian Devil smells almost identical to the American skunk.

    I do subscribe to your blog but through Google reader.

  • Mary Casper

    I dont mind the smell of skunks except when its on my golden retrievers and they come in the house through the doggie door…

  • Kathy Scott

    I am very sensitive to smells. I have thrown up when in an enclosed space when there is a strong perfume.

  • Ken

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  • Staci J.

    I love the smell of dirt. Just can’t get enough of it.

  • Kathy Conley

    I am hooked on sweet tart candies- keep some with me all the time!

  • I love my sour lime and ginger lip balm from blessed nest. Blogged ya:
    Great giveaway, thanks!

  • Terry Cover

    The tile is something else, makes you want to check it out.

  • Linda Pinto

    I’m hooked on PBS programs.

  • Donna W.

    Here in Texas one need only step out side to smell the familiar odor of skunk spray. We don’t love it but we’re used to it.

  • shawna

    Would love to read this!

  • We’d Love to have a copy!!

  • I blogged about your contest on Prize-A-Tron!

  • Eleanor Harkins

    I’m posting to win the book, but because I also like skunks. Our resident skunk here on our property is named Skippy.

  • Ed Nemmers

    I heart crossword puzzles.

  • Vickie Couturier

    hooked on yard sales,an reading,have to admit ill have to read your book the only skunks ive smelt would make you sick they are so strong,you must have a iron stomach,lol,please count me in,thanks

  • Daniel M

    addicted to chocolate!

  • I used to be hooked on pork rinds, but only for about a month, long ago when I was doing the Atkins Diet. I also used to be hooked on “Dawson’s Creek” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” And I will forever be hooked on 80’s power ballads with cheesy electric guitar solos.

  • megan

    I have a weakness for flavored popcorn. There’s a store in my town that sells watermelon, strawberry, and white choc. covered blueberry. It taste like a jolly rancher and popcorn mixed together. I can’t get enough.

  • willaim sims

    i want to win

  • Heather C

    Hooked on? I would have to say I’m hooked on English Toffee tea with Splenda and fat free half-and-half. It is soooooooo good, and smells better than skunk — ya freak. :-)

  • Danielle S

    Im slightly obsessed with the smell of my sons formula spitup on the burp cloth! Only a mommy could understand!
    dansan826 at

  • Stevei

    Skunk lover falls for fish lover, sounds a little fishy to me! Or is that a little skunky?!!

  • Jennifer H

    I’m hooked on Pirate Booty!

  • Jennifer H

    I blogged about your contest here:

  • kathy

    I really hate the smell of skunk. We have a whole family of skunks living up the hill from us. For some reason my car gets in their way at night. This book sounds really funny though. I would love to win a copy.

  • Brooke

    I’m hooked on my gray hairs and split ends. I can spend HOURS searching for them and pulling them out.

  • Buddy Garrett

    I am intrigued by this book’s unusual story line and off the wall humor. It must be hilarious.

  • Jack Fritz, III

    this book could be interesting.

  • wow, look at all the comments!! this looks like a great one! It looks very funny, I can’t believe someone obsessed with the smell of yucky things….but that is the humor in it all, right?! haha! I want to read it!

    Thanks for the giveaway~!!

  • Vicki wurgler

    lavender-I have sprays, candles, powders and lotions. Much better than skunk

  • I am definitely 100% hooked on books! I also love scrapbooking, cardmaking, playing games, playing with my family. My giveaway ends today if you want to check it out! I’d love to read this book and own it too!

  • Ilissa H.

    Haha this book looks too funny! I am hooked on anything that involves watermelon!!

  • kathy pease

    please enter me :)


    I have to say I too enjoy the smell of shunk and gas and grass after a rain storm. I remember when my dog got ahold of one of those strips and boy did it do a number on him, he smelt like a shunk for weeks it was fun smelling him and adding tomatoes to hes washes for a 2 weeks lmao! She was a good girl RIP Shyane! the smell didnt kill him he past on at the age of 14. where can i get one as a pet that is soo cool!

  • Tammy

    I’m seriously addicted to Candy Canes — I buy them at Christmas to have them all year long, there is something soothing about having the peppermint in that shape as opposed to just a regular mint. They Taste different when in the shape of a cane, really they do! Silly? Probably, giving this addiction up? Not likely!

  • sandra kao

    i love candy, especially chocolates with nuts

  • Pamela White

    I am really hooked on sweepstakes and my new puppy.

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