Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Teaser Tuesday, Sept 11

Teaser Tuesday is actually one of my favorite memes because I love sharing tidbits of what I'm reading and indulging in snippets from others. So I'm thrilled that this week I can actually share some teasers!

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

As always, I'm breaking the rules: I'm sharing more than two teaser sentences. Brevity is not one of my strengths.

This week's teaser is from Peter M. Wheelwright's As It Is On Earth, a novel about a New England man's family, his ancestors, his connection to New England, his search for love, and everything in between.   This teaser is from very early in the novel, in which our narrator, Taylor Thatcher, is ruminating on his Maine roots, his Mayflower heritage, his complicated relationship with the land of his birth.

And I'm not kidding about Maine.  Too roughshod to be quaint, and hanging too far into the cold Canadian Atlantic, Maine is just not that cozy.  My father was right in one sense: our ancestors had been more steadfast than most.

Fog-shrouded and wolf-infested, its dark impenetrable hemlock forests set hard to an endless and unchartable granite coast, the Province of Mayne must have seemed a nightmare to the first Europeans.  Even after the crossing.  I imagine them clinging uneasily to the gunwales of their leaky caravels, as they bobbed with nervous curiosity offshore -- one eye on the gloomy palisades that rose up before them, the other on the swaying mats of kelp that tangled rudders and hid the countless rock ledges lying beneath the frigid waterline like drifting pods of whales.  To make matters worse, whenever they got the nerve to sail up a river, they'd find themselves staring down a devilish band of tall silent men covered in red ochre body paint and shining with bear grease.  Better to go down with the ship.


  1. Oh, wow! That was a seriously great teaser, and frankly, I would rather go down with the ship than deal with the bear-greased and ochre colored natives!

    1. Heather -- I had the hardest time picking an excerpt -- there are so many passages like this one -- meaty and evocative. I think our hero might feel the same way at times! ;)

  2. You always read the most fascinating books, I swear. I hope you're proud of the fact that you're almost wholly to blame for the absurd amount of books I've added on GR. :D

    The writing is absolutely gorgeous!

    1. Yessssssssssssssssssss!! That makes me super happy -- I love spreading the book addiction, er, love! Like I told Heather, picking one teaser from this book was a challenge -- there are so many great passages in this book. Really lovely writing, a fascinating, complicated plot -- so much tastiness all around!

  3. YES, sounds terrific. Thanks for the lead on yet another good book.