TEASER TUESDAYS is hosted by MizB at Should be Reading; I’ve modified this version to allow more than two sentences from anywhere on the page:
- Grab your current read.
- Let the book fall open to a random page.
- Share with us one or two “teaser” sentences” from that page. Please share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!
Here are my teaser sentences:
Today I’m five. I was four last night going to sleep in Wardrobe, but when I wake up in Bed in the dark I’m changed to five, abracadabra. Before that I was three, then two, then one, then zero. “Was I minus numbers?”
“Hmm?” Ma does a big stretch.
“Up in Heaven. Was I minus one, minus two, minus three – ?”
“Nah, the numbers didn’t start till you zoomed down.”
“Through Skylight. You were all sad till I happened in your tummy.”
“You said it.” Ma leans out of Bed to switch on Lamp, he makes everything light up whoosh.
Those are the opening lines to Emma Donoghue’s Room, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction. Room is the only “home” Jack has ever known – a 10×10 backyard shed where he has spent the first five years of his life, the only hint of an outside world coming from three fuzzy channels on the TV and a peek of sky through a shatterproof/soundproof skylight.
I’m listening to the audiobook of this novel, and find myself caught up in Jack’s 5-year-old voice and his innocence about living in Room; Ma has the patience of a saint, and doesn’t allow Jack to see her fear and frustration about their captivity. I’m about halfway through the audio, and find myself making excuses to listen – oh, another leaf fell down from the tree in back, I better put on my iPod and go outside and rake …
Have you read Room, or am I truly the last one to get to it? What are you reading this week – care to share a few teaser sentences?