Teaser Tuesdays February 18, 2014

Posted: February 18, 2014 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 Chasing the Last Whale by Thomas Wictor.  I am enjoying it so far.  A good combination of humor and drama.  Check out the teaser below.

Thus was her custom.  She belittled my copy, imitated my laugh, pinched my cheek, mimicked me, greeted me loudly thirty times a day, commented on my meals, ruffled my hair, and drew pictures of me in my cubicle or in the break room with a black cloud over my head pouring rain on me.  It was a mystery why she hated me, but she did.  pg. 71


Synopsis:  Elliot Finell-an angry, maimed young man-meets Trey Gillespie, who is even angrier and more crippled in body and soul. They become friends, despite their utterly dissimilar backgrounds, temperaments, and worldviews. Elliot’s rage has cost him his health, his relationship with his family, and the love of his life, a moody Southerner with a secret. While navigating his strange friendship with Trey, Elliot tries to heal his damaged body. He finds that despite Trey’s negativity, this “evil Okie medicine man” somehow gives Elliot the strength to carry on.

When Trey suffers a crisis, he turns to Elliot with a request. Elliot can’t agree to help. In response, Trey commits a desperate act that triggers a memory Elliot has long repressed. Suddenly aware of the truth about himself, Elliot must decide if he will maintain the anger that has become habitual, the main component of his identity. By understanding what has really crippled him, he’s finally able to see how it has damaged so many others: his lost love, his family, the beautiful young woman who is his implacable nemesis, his ambiguous British friend, and of course Trey, a nuclear reactor of rage, suffering, and bitterness.

Clarity leaves Elliot faced with the most agonizing choices of his life.

“Chasing the Last Whale” examines intent and outcome. What constitutes a crime? How does victimhood end? Can mercy be immoral? Is love a choice?Does trauma always destroy? And can almost any subject be made funny?

  1. This sounds like a read that really delves into issues deeply. Great teaser and choice of book as always Deanna 🙂

  2. I like the combination of serious and humorous in a book. Readers need relief when things get too heavy! This sounds like a good story.
    My Teaser is from SINFUL FOLKS.

    • I agree Sandra. It reminds me sometimes of the movie Steel Magnolias when Sally Field’s character is lashing out at her daughter’s funeral and I am bawling my head off and then Olympia Dukakis tells her to hit Shirley Maclaine. I was laughing and crying at the same time and it was really a great feeling.

  3. Great teaser. sounds interesting. Thanks for stopping by my site.

  4. danee says:

    Sounds like an interesting read. And I think humor and drama are necessary in a book for it to stay interesting! Thanks for sharing. Here’s my teaser:


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