TUESDAY SPARKS — TEASERS — OCT. 4

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.

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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

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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.

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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!

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    • 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.

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    • 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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