Teaser Tuesdays (April 20)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • 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!
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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This week I’m going to use an excerpt from A Slant of Sun: One Child’s Courage by Beth Kephart, which I’m slowly working my way through as part of the Beth Kephart Challenge. It’s a first-person memoir of Kephart’s struggles after her son Jeremy is diagnosed with an unspecified, pervasive developmental disorder, written in her customary lyrical style:

I remember my first lie. I am five. I am on the wrong side of the classroom, away from the windows, away from the sun, which I am sure is hot, if I could just touch it. The teacher yammers at the front of the room like a Charlie Brown adult, no words. I press my body toward where the sun is. I make a diagonal lean and hear, outside, the pitching shrill of an emergency vehicle passing by. I hitch a ride on the back of the sound, go with it, arrive, in my mind, to a roaring blaze, a fire, water through nozzles, fierce spray.

— p.129, A Slant of Sun by Beth Kephart.

You will notice that I can never stop at just two sentences. I think I shall make that two paragraphs, personally, because what can you tell about a book from two sentences? Not enough. Not nearly enough.

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  1. How wonderful to be able to remember that far back with such clarity, and also write about it so beautifully! Lovely teaser.

      • Black Sheep
      • April 21st, 2010

      Yes, I wish I had her memory – and her talent! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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