Teaser Tuesdays October 15, 2013

Posted: October 15, 2013 in Teaser Tuesdays
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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of Should be Reading.  Everyone is invited to 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!
  • Share the title and author as well so that others can add the book to their To Be Read list!

This week I am reading scary, man by Jeffrey Hickey and really enjoying it.  Check out the teaser and synopsis below:

Nurse Asphyxiation’s crackling and rapidly deconstructing tone was almost parental, and he was in no mood for a scolding from anyone, much less this health-care professional who saw fit to poison herself with at least two packs a day and who smelled like a full ashtray, as a revolting bonus for every sick person entering her domain.  Then again, he reminded himself of their unique day-care barter with the doctor, in lieu of health insurance, and was thankful his family had a doctor to go to when they needed care.  Page 98

scary

Synopsis:  Droll and dead-on in its sizing up of contemporary culture scary, man is author Jeffrey Hickey’s wry and singular story of one man, his wife, and their daughter. Together, they embrace a new normal at the turn of the twenty-first century in America, while trying their hardest in the land of the free, and the home of the afraid.  As Griffin shuffles from one appearance to the next as a man working in the world of children, he becomes increasingly vulnerable to the fears and suspicions of others. He also has plenty of his own well-earned, obvious flaws that feed into the small-town gum-flapping.  At the same time, his wife Samantha, who runs a home day care, is on the brink of her own existential malaise. This propels her to follow her calling as a teacher, going back to school to do so and creating some distance between herself and her family. To add further complexity to family life, their canny, candid daughter Clare is nursing her own identity crisis that’s just about ready to bubble to the surface.

scary, man is an absorbing work of literary fiction peppered with gay themes and social commentary, this humor-inflected take on small towns, small minds, rumor mills, and rampant paranoia will strike an all-too-familiar chord with readers trying to make their way through the shaky American landscape, while keeping marriage and morals intact, and mayhem at bay. It will leave readers nodding in queasy recognition, while at the same time scratching their heads at the plight of the protagonist who is plenty bright, but who just can’t seem to get it right.

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Comments
  1. Alice Audrey says:

    Kind of a modern Payton Place then? Interesting teaser.

    Please check out my teaser.

  2. This sounds really interesting. Going to add it to the pile!

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