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! (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!
Here are my teasers for this week:
I spent the next several days in despair, warring with the ghosts of Dickens, O. Henry, and other masters of Yuletide spirit. The very phrase “Christmas story” had unpleasant associations for me, evoking dreadful outpourings of hypocritical mush and treacle.
From page 7 of The Penguin Book of Christmas Stories, a collection of short stories edited by Alberto Manguel, described by GoodReads as follows:
Internationally acclaimed anthologist Alberto Manguel offers an immensely enjoyable collection of 22 brilliant stories from across the globe, written under the merry canopy of Christmas. The Penguin Book of Christmas Stories features tales by the best master storytellers, including Alice Munro, John Cheever, Richard Ford, Anne Beattie,William Trevor,Muriel Spark, Paul Auster, Mavis Gallant, Alistair MacLeod, and Vladimir Nabokov.
The excerpt I shared is from Auggie Wren’s Christmas Story by Paul Aster. I’m looking forward to dipping in and out of this book over the next few weeks as Christmas gets closer.