Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Teaser Tuesdays: Crazy In the Big Easy

I lived in Louisiana for many years before moving up here to the north country, and while I was there I discovered the writings of Ellen Gilchrist. Right now I'm reading her second collection of short stories, Victory Over Japan. My teasers are from a story called "Crazy, Crazy, Now Showing Everywhere." I know I'm cheating – this is more than two lines; but it had such a great New Orleans feel, I just had to include the whole little passage.
". . . That girl adores being crazy. She's a crazy specialist. She threw the plate at me because I wouldn't act like it was interesting that she's crazy. Crazy doesn't fool me, Lady Margaret. Not after living in this family. Do you want another beignet or not?" [p. 87]
Well, I guess everybody thinks their family is a little crazy, don't they? Even if they don't live in the Deep South. Not that mine is, of course. Gosh, I wish I had me some beignets right now.

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by mizB17 at Should Be Reading. If you'd like to read more teasers, or participate yourself, head on over to her blog. And these are the rules: Grab your current read; Let the book fall open to a random page. Share with us two (2) "teaser" sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12. You also need to 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! Please avoid spoilers!


  1. Hey, your crazy Cuzzie loves to make beignets so when you get back to Texas....yes?

  2. What is a beignet? It that like a bagel? Interesting book and teaser!

  3. Yep, I've said before that everyone comes from a disfunctional family! LOL

  4. I don't know what a beignet is, but I do like her style. It's funny that people who are crazy do think that being crazy is interesting, even if it isn't.

    Great tease!

  5. I've know many crazy specialists. Love it!

  6. Crazy is pretty much the norm nowadays isn't it? lol
    Thanks for the teaser!

  7. I know people who talk and talk (crazy) like that, then throw in an aside (asking about the beignet), then back to crazy talk. this made me smile :)

    My teaser today was 4 sentences; I just couldn't find a good spot to cut out!

  8. Sounds great - crazy is very appealing in the middle of my working week!

  9. This is great. And I agree, about every family have some elements of craziness, albeit some more than others. (Looking sternly at my two brothers.)

    My own teaser is at Bookishgal.


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