Pages

Teaser Tuesday and Where Are You? 06-30-09: The Invention of Everything Else

Should Be Reading - Miz B - hosts this weekly event. We throw out a couple of sentences from our current read (without spoilers, of course) to entice you to read the book.


This week my teaser is from The Invention of Everything Else by Samantha Hunt. I'm bending the rules a bit, but could not resist this teaser from Page One. It needs to be longer than a couple of sentences too.
Take for example the dust here in my hotel room. Each particle says something as it drifts through the last rays of sunlight, pale blades that have cut their way past my closed curtains. Look at this dust. It is everywhere. Here is the tiniest bit of a woman from Bath Beach who had her hair styled two days ago, loosening a few small flakes of scalp in the process. Two days it took her to arrive, but here she is at last. She had to come because the hotel where I live is like the sticky tongue of a frog jutting out high above Manhattan, collecting the city particle by wandering particle. Here is some chimney ash. Here is some buckwheat flour blown in from a Portuguese bakery on Minetta Lane and a pellicle of curled felt belonging to the haberdashery around the corner.

If the rest of the book is half this good, I'm in for a treat!



It's Tuesday, Where Are You? is hosted by an adventure in reading.

I am in a hotel in Manhattan. I've lived here a long time. I have pigeons who come and keep me company.

14 comments:

Vicki said...

I've been looking at this book for a while but couldn't decide if I'd like it. Your teaser helped me make that decision. Thanks!!!

Shona said...

Loved the teaser.. It's really good. Here is my Teaser

Sassy Brit said...

Good teaser. I like reading more when they sound this great. Who cares you've 'bent' the rules LOL

Here is mine!

Take care!

Sassy
:)

Caspette said...

The writing is really beautiful. I like this quote.

Have a great week!

My teaser is here.

Lisa said...

That's an excellent start - really intriguing!

My teaser is posted here.

JoAnn said...

With a start like that, I'd certainly keep reading.

Sherrie said...

Hi!
This sounds very mysterious. I'll have to add this to my TBR list. Have a great day!

Sherrie
http://sherriesbooks.blogspot.com/2009/06/tuesday-memes_30.html

dolcebellezza said...

The first one sounds like a bit of a mystery (which I love!). I can see why you had to put more than two sentences!

Jaime said...

That teaser is very descriptive! I need to look for this book! Wow!

Here's mine!

"J" Flamly mom said...

I've never thought of dust particles as telling a story, nicely done. I am here

lisajordan said...

That is an awesome teaser! Makes me want to check this book out!

Margot said...

Beautiful writing. Hope the book lives up to your expectations.

Diane said...

I have The Invention of Everything Else as well; it does sound good.

Kristen said...

Very philosophical! Love it. :) Sounds like a beautiful book to read.