Good morning, and welcome to our weekly bookish meme, hosted by Miz B, at Should Be Reading.

Here’s how it works:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers.

Today I’m spotlighting a book that I’ll be diving into some time in the next couple of days.  Pictures of You, by Caroline Leavitt, is a story about two women, fleeing their marriages, who collide on a foggy, deserted stretch of road.

The Boston Globe describes Pictures of You “as part literary mystery, part domestic drama, and part psychological examination,” and, indeed, the novel kept most critics on their toes the entire time. A novel of loss, redemption, forgiveness, and self-discovery, the intertwining stories grapple not only with the tragedy but also with the mystery of April’s hasty departure from her family. Reviewers commented that what could have been a maudlin, predictable storyline instead becomes fresh with Leavitt’s direct, unsentimental writing; her you-are-here details; and her fully convincing characters. Readers who enjoy both fine storytelling and writing will be sure to savor this novel…

In this excerpt, we see the bits and pieces of the aftermath.

Teaser:  It began to seem like the worst kind of cruelty that her job was to photograph kids.  She fell in love with their faces and got upset when parents didn’t fuss over them enough, or hug them, or seem to realize what a blessing it was to have children.  p. 104

What moments did you excerpt this week?  I hope you’ll stop by and share your thoughts.


  1. I can see, from your teaser, why you were drawn to this book being a SW. After reading the review from the Boston Globe that you included, I am now also interested in this book but will wait for your review and thoughts before actually adding it to my personal tbr ever growing bucket list.


  2. Your teaser was most aptly chosen, Laurel. A photographer who worried about young subjects? I’m thinking a child must be part of her reason to run away. The teaser and book review promises multi-dimensional characters. Best kind of reading.

    Thanks for checking out “The Troubled Man” at Summit Musings


    • So true, Tara…this book has been so fascinating, taking me to unexpected places. I read into the night last night, and only have a few more pages. I can’t believe how it’s turning out!

      Thanks for stopping by.


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