Even if you don’t see this on Tues., please leave us your teaser. Open the book you’re reading to a random page and copy a couple of lines or sentences to tempt us to read the same book. Give the title and author, so we can add it to our TBR (To Be Read) pile, list, shelf, as the case may be.
My book came in the mail yesterday, Swans of Fifth Avenue, a novel by Melanie Benjamin, published earlier this year. It is the story of the society matrons and Truman Capote, their darling and their nemesis. I only read to page 15 last night before getting sleepy, but here is where I left off:
“I had the most marvelous childhood!” Truman exclaimed to Slim, to Gloria, to C.Z., at their parties , where they would surround their new discovery, these glamorous wives of glamorous men, while their husbands looked on in confusion, for they’d never seen a Truman Capote before, and hoped, at first, never to see once again. This tiny effeminate creature dressed in velvet suits, red socks, an absurdly long scarf wrapped around his throat, trailing after him like a coronation robe, who pronounced after dinner, “I’m going to sit over here with the rest of the girls and gossip!” This pixie who might suddenly leap in the air ,kicking one foot out behind him, exclaiming, “Oh what fun, fun, fun, it is to be me! I’m beside myself!”
Take what you are reading now (or one of the books you are reading now, if you’re like me), and put your finger randomly on any page you have read (or where you’re starting to pick up reading). Copy two sentences as a teaser and give the title and author. I’ll bet you’ll find some books for your TBR (To be Read) list in the comments. Here’s my teaser from James Lee Burke’s Wayfaring Stranger, the first book in his Holland family trilogy and some of the best writing I’ve enjoyed lately:
“My father. He wants to get out his twenty-gauge and make a squirrel -and- robin stew and shell pecans and make a pie. It’s funny how old people retreat into the past, like it can bring back their youth. I think this might be his last Christmas.”
The game is played by opening what you are currently reading and copying two sentences(or a paragraph) and sending it as a comment to PWR. NO SPOILERS PLEASE.
Here is my Tuesday Teaser from Ali Smith’s How to Be Both. There are no chapters, no paragraphs, no sections or headings. In that respect, it is a unique book. Right now, we are in Renaissance Italy with a talented young fresco painter who is a girl disguised as a boy, and who has been hired to paint a section of a mural.
“…there had been murmurings among the assistants and workshop painters that they were being refused money precisely cause I hadn’t signed, hadn’t asked for more, with them the names they had asked before… (she had been asked to sign a petition asking for more money for the artists’ assistants group) …We need to be paid. And the more of us asking the better.”