As per instructions from the Purple Booker, shared on Brainfluff, grab your current read.  Copy a couple of sentences at random and tempt us to read what you are enjoying now. No spoilers or plot give-aways, please.

Today, I quote from The Leavers by Lisa Ko, a 2017 publication:

“Unable to decide whether to hate Vivian or be grateful to her, Daniel had only been able to take the envelope and say ‘Thank you.’

He dug his heels into the dirt and walked slowly downhill, down the park’s curved side, slow at first, getting faster, a grace note as his legs bounced upwards.

He would go home. He would call Leon. Propelled, he was almost in flight.”   (Can’t you just feel him accelerating, picking up speed as he left? Such marvelous skill with words.)

Daniel is a young Asian boy, placed in foster care by his mother’s friend Vivian, many years ago who has just been told as a young adult that Leon, his mother’s then boyfriend knew the whereabouts of his missing mother and the answer to why she had mysteriously left him all those years ago.  After this follows part two of the book. I can hardly wait to get back to it!


Author: Rae Longest

This year marks my fiftieth year in AAUW (American Association of University Women). The Alvin chapter was begun in 1947, and as a new, green teacher to Alvin Independent School District, I joined in 1968. In the 80's we began a book group to share our love of reading, books,and fellowship with other women and girls who loved the same. We resurrected the group on-line in September of 2015. Eventually Powerful Women Readers folded as an on-line book club, but I kept the title and turned it into a blog. (See "Introduction,"first blog). This is my first experience at blogging or publishing anything and is becomes more fun with each blog posted. I have just completed 30 years of teaching as an adjunct at The University of Houston Clear Lake. This is after three years at Alvin Community College and an almost-twenty year career as a classroom teacher with Alvin Independent School District, adding up to a total of teaching 50 years in all. Reading and writing are "in my blood" just like teaching is. I hope you enjoy the blog.

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