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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Teaser Tuesdays: The House Girl

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by Should Be Reading.

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!

The House Girl by Tara Conklin p. 63

"Every week Josephine would hold these ornaments in her hands and wipe clean the wooden mantel beneath them. She would rub a cloth over their brittle painted faces, the deer's snout so realistically drawn, the cow's hooves black as the man's face, the blue glass thinning to such a fine edge that once Josephine cut her thumb and it felt as if she had drawn it against a blade."

Josephine is the house slave of the title, and she is also an artist, so these ceramic figurines may have appealed to her because of their design. But the key phrase here is the end comparison to a blade, as there is an undercurrent of violence throughout the events that happen in the 1800s, as naturally there would be any time people are held against their will.

5 comments:

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I like the detailed description in your Teaser. This sounds like a dramatic story that I'd enjoy.
My Tuesday post features WAR BRIDES.

madamevauquer said...

This sounds good, Carin! I like settings in the 19th Century.

My TT from The Midnight Examiner by William Kotzwinkle http://wp.me/pZnGI-eS

Laura Thomas said...

It's been a long time since I've read a book set in this era. That's a very vivid teaser and the cover graces the story:)
Here is my TT - http://fuonlyknew.com/2014/10/14/teaser-tuesdays-85-the-memory-closet/

Kerry O'Donnell said...

You can tell right away that these figures seem so enticing to this girl, Josephine. Her attention to the details of each seem to suggest she's drawing inspiration from them. I like the vividness of the description here. Great teaser!

Here are Mine.

Duncan D. Horne - the Kuantan blogger (大哥) said...

Enjoyed that little snippet
Here's My teaser