Let’s spark some enthusiasm for our current and upcoming reads with Teaser Tuesdays, hosted by 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’d like to excerpt from a book from next week’s list:  The Summer Before the Dark, by Doris Lessing.


Blurb:  Nobel laureate Doris Lessing’s classic novel of the pivotal summer in one woman’s life is a brilliant excursion into the terrifying gulf between youth and old age.

As the summer begins, Kate Brown—attractive, intelligent, forty-five, happily married, with a house in the London suburbs and three grown children—has no reason to expect that anything will change. But by summer’s end the woman she was—living behind a protective camouflage of feminine charm and caring—no longer exists. The Summer Before the Dark takes us along on Kate’s journey: from London to Turkey to Spain, from husband to lover to madness, on the road to a frightening new independence and a confrontation with herself that lets her finally and truly come of age.


Teaser:  But the fact was that she, this kingpin, was to be at a loose end from June to late September.  With not so much as a room of her own.  A very curious feeling that was, as if a warm covering had been stripped off her, as if she were an animal being flayed.  p. 23


That kind of feeling is most certainly central to what happens to our character throughout this pivotal summer.

What have you found in your chosen books?  I hope you’ll stop in and share.

64 thoughts on “TUESDAY SPARKS — TEASERS — OCT. 4

  1. Nice. Every once in a while I catch a glimpse of what I miss the most from adult literature – and this would be one of those. This seems like my kind of literature – the dissolution into madness, the darkness, and the radiance in the writing. Enjoy your book!


    1. I love this kind of book, and while I also enjoy the lighter fare from time to time, I always come back to the tried-and-true authors of my favorite adult fiction. Thanks for stopping by, Myragarcesbacsal.


    1. Oh, I agree, Kero….my first exposure to her work was The Golden Notebook, which really contained four books. It was huge! And some parts I enjoyed more than others, but the experience was awesome.

      Thanks for stopping by.


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