Wednesday 23 May 2012

Thrilled with the new Kindle cover of 'The Meaning of Children'

Here it is, freshly minted, the new cover for the ebook version of The Meaning Of Children, available exclusively on

But that doesn't mean that if you don't have a Kindle, you can't get this FREE DOWNLOAD!

Because has FREE apps that let you read on your assorted doodads, from phones, tablets, to computers (though I'm afraid not on Nooks or Kobos, I don't believe). Find them here.

And, if you've managed to read this far, here's a bonus: early notice that The Meaning of Children will be FREE on this coming Friday and Saturday, May 25th and 26th. 




As always, The Meaning of Children  

is FREE to borrow 

from the Kindle Lending Library

for Amazon Prime members. 

Would love to know what you think of this 

collection of 14 award-winning short stories.

You can leave me a "thumbs up" or, better still, 


on TMOC's page 


(just click the link and sign in).

Here are the 5 amazing reviews the book has garnered so far, all 4- or 5-stars. A couple of dozen more are available elsewhere on my blog, as well as on the CBC-Scotiabank Giller Prize Readers' Choice Contest website.

"Akerman takes you back to the time you were a child. No matter you did not grow up in Montreal or Jewish, the situations, conflicts, joys and fears are universal. Akerman grounds emotions with rich descriptions and a strong sense of place." ~twalker, San Francisco

"I can't stop thinking about this book. It's been over a week since I read this collection of short stories and the characters are still with me.
"These are stories about real people, real children, teenagers, adults, in real times. I went through a whole range of emotions when I read them, some good, some not so good. When the child was sitting on the stairs listening to her parents, I was right there with her. When the adult was sitting by the lake contemplating what happened years before and looking at her present day life, I was sitting across from her, doing the same thing. I can't remember a book, let alone a collection of short stories, where I could identify so heavily with the emotions and feelings of the characters.
"As far as I'm concerned, this is what good writing, and a good book, should do for you. Yes, it entertained for sure, but it made me think and remember.

"If you enjoy quality writing and a book that will make you think about where you've been and where you're going read The Meaning Of Children. Highly recommended." ~ Martin Crosbie

"So many books, so little time... There are so many books on my bedside table waiting to be read that I rarely revisit a book for a second time. The Meaning of Children is an exception to that rule. On second reading, I find myself noticing different details, things I didn't see the first time around. Akerman has a deft ear for dialogue. Her characters sound true to life and true to age. And somehow stories seem to have morphed on second reading. The ending strikes me differently, or perhaps a character reminds me of someone different. It's always worth the journey." ~K.J. Lieber, Montreal

"A vision of yesteryear. Having grown up myself in the late 50's and 60's, this well-crafted book tells a revealing tale of hope and what the future may bring. Told from the chilling perspective of several children, the question becomes, can the soul of a child be healed? This book is gripping in its depiction of being trapped in a socially inept world of that time, only to wake up to realize that what's most important is that time is of the essence." ~ John R. 

"Great book! Amazing book. Well written. Interesting stories. Very reflective. The writing is excellent. I would highly recommend this to anyone and everyone." ~Suzanne Boles, London ON

Thanks again to all the readers, "thumbs uppers" and reviewers!

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