Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Teaser Tuesday, May 17

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 and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers

This week's teaser is from When We Danced on Water by Evan Fallenberg.  I started this book Monday morning and finished it late Monday night -- it was marvelous.  I really want to gush about it right now but as I'm posting my review tomorrow, I'm going to restrain myself.

Picking a teaser was tortuously hard: the writing is simple but lovely, and the two main characters so charming and fascinating.  Still, I managed to settle on one lovely passage, early on, when Teo, the 85-year old retired ballet dancer and choreographer, is revisiting his memories, most of which revolve around his past performances.

He can hum the music in his old man's quivering voice, but he prefers it in his head, where it lives on in violins and reedy winds.  If he imagines it in rehearsal he can remember every step of his three-minute solo as if he had danced it only yesterday, but he knows, too, that one time, onstage in Berlin, he had not danced it as he had learned it; this much he knows but cannot recreate, could no recreate it even a moment after he had finished dancing it.  While dancing he had felt blind to the stage and audience, deaf to the music.  He had let his body do what it needed to do, free to expand and contract in space, to soar and spin.  So, accordingly, when he tries to remember the way he danced it on stage, he cannot hear the music or feel his feet or get a sense of the audience.  He is embryonic, momentarily cut off from the world around him.  The three most important minutes of his life, the ones that determined his fate and future, are the three to which he cannot gain access, ever.


  1. Oh, that is lovely! I love the title, too. Audra, I think you would love Lady Julia. You've got to give her a try!

  2. This is a wonderful teaser...beautiful, poignant, moving...
    I read about this book and wondered if it was a good one. Now I know.
    Thank you!

  3. Oh, this does sound like a wonderful read! I will be waiting expectantly to read your full thoughts on it!

  4. That sounds lovely! Sounds good.