Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Teaser Tuesdays: Back When We Were Grownups

This week my teaser lines come from Back When We Were Grownups, Anne Tyler's novel from 2001. I've only just started reading this one, but I'm enjoying it a lot so far. It's taken me a while to discover her, but I think Anne Tyler is becoming one of my favorite writers.

This snippet is from the book's opening paragraph:
Once upon a time, there was a woman who discovered she had turned into the wrong person. She was fifty-three years old by then . . . . lines at the corners of her eyes. A loose and colorful style of dress edging dangerously close to Bag Lady.
Yes, I recognize the style. Of course, I drifted way beyond Bag Lady long ago!

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by mizB at Should Be Reading. If you'd like to read more teasers, or take part yourself, just head on over to her blog.

And please feel free to leave me a link to your Teaser Tuesday post in a comment here.


  1. I started this novel but somehow left it after few pages. Maybe I ought to get back to it!

    Teaser Tuesday: If Walls Could Talk by Juliet Blackwell

  2. Thanks for the teaser! I've only read one book by Tyler and I think I have this one on my shelf...jeez I should read it!

  3. Nice teaser - very descriptive.

  4. This sounds like an interesting and fun read. I can't remember if I ever read her work or not.

  5. Oh, I loved this book! There was even a TV movie (on Lifetime) starring Blythe Danner.

    Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

  6. I'm in that phase of my life now too.


  7. Here is my teaser from Nature's Secret Messages: Hidden in Plain Sight by Elaine Wilkes (Page 3):

    "We lie in the lap of immense intelligence." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Stop. Look. Listen. My kindergarten teacher taught me that. I remember carefully lining up the tips of my patent-leather shoes exactly at the edge of the curb and stopping–then carefully looking to my right and left, quiet and aware, listening for any clues. Feeling that it was safe to proceed, I'd grasp my classmate's hand, jump off the curb, and happily venture into unknown territories on the other side of the street.

    Now I barely glance from side to side as I hurry on my way.

    What happened? Where did that wide-open feeling of awareness go? In the rush of adulthood, it seems to vanish, but what would happen if we simply stopped, looked and listened…even as busy adults?

    As a learning addict, I've hunted for insights through countless books, seminars, experts, masters and more. Eventually, I realized that my kindergarten teacher had it right from the beginning, long before I started my quest. Who knew that she was so profound?

  8. I also enjoyed this. Don't you just love that cover? Her latest, and I'm sorry, I can't remember the title, is better. Superb writing. Must check out this Tuesday Teaser.

  9. Oh, boy, I can definitely relate to this one! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Great teaser. This is the point I think I'm at in life as well. I've heard such good things about Anne Tyler. I'll have to give one of her books a try one of these days.

  11. Mine's here.


  12. Great Teaser! Not a pleasant thing to find you've turned into the wrong person....I think we all think that at one time or another.

    Here's mine: http://myreadersblock.blogspot.com/2010/12/teaser-tuesdays_28.html

  13. I haven't read anything by this author. This teaser is definitely interesting though.

    Wakela's World - Tuesday Teaser

  14. I also recently discovered Anne Tyler a few years ago via The Accidental Tourist. I didn't get a book of hers for Xmas as I'd hoped, but I must read something of hers this year!


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