Monday, January 13, 2014

Things We Set on Fire - Teaser Tuesday

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Some books stay with you, and that's the case with THINGS WE SET ON FIRE by Deborah Reed. From the opening chapter the author made me wonder - If Vivvie loved her husband, why would she do such a horrible thing? I even started to wonder if maybe I'd misunderstood, and she really didn't do it. But then the effects of her action, both on herself and on her two daughters, are brought to light after Vivvie receives a late-night call from the police saying, "There's been an accident, ma'am."

This is not a light, easy read, but the author drew me in and kept me turning pages.  

My Teaser is from 1% on my Kindle. I stretched the excerpt to three sentences.
     Rifles cracked off shots in the distance. Deer hunters - any one of whom could have mistaken Jackson's camouflaged coloring for a buck.
     Vivvie raised the barrel, pressed the cold scope to her eye just as Jackson spit out the call, held his fist to his mouth, and clenched his eyes as if seized by pain or prayer.

Genre:  Fiction / Family Saga
Number of Pages: 258
Amazon Link: THINGS WE SET ON FIRE

Goodreads Synopsis:
From the best-selling author of Carry Yourself Back to Me comes another tightly plotted, emotionally complex novel about strangers who happen to be part of the same family.

A series of tragedies brings Vivvie’s young grandchildren into her custody, and her two estranged daughters back under one roof. Jackson, Vivvie’s husband, was shot and killed 30 years ago, and the ramifications have splintered the family into their own isolated remembrances and recriminations.

This deeply personal, hauntingly melancholy look at the damages families inflict on each other – and the healing that only they can provide – is filled with flinty, flawed and complex people stumbling towards some kind of peace. Like Elizabeth Strout and Kazuo Isiguro, Deborah Reed understands a story and its inhabitants reveal themselves in the subtleties: the space between the thoughts, the sigh behind the smile, and the unreliable lies people tell themselves that ultimately reveal the deepest truths.

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's the link to join in: Teaser Tuesday


37 comments:

jacquie said...

Holy Moly! What a teaser! It made my heart thump in my chest. Now the book is on my list...thanks fr another great one Sandy!

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Okay, now you got my attention! This one is definitely my kind of read...thanks for sharing!

Here's MY TUESDAY POST

Valentina Cano said...

Sounds fascinating.
New follower, by the way :)

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Sandra Nachlinger said...

It was a fascinating story. Thank you for the follow.

Natalie @ Book Lovers Life said...

Whoa! That sounds very intriguing!!! What happened? This sounds really good.

El said...

You definitely got my attention now. Such a teaser at the beginning of a book, I can't imagen what will happen in the rest of the book.
Thanks for stopping by earlier!

El @ So Bookalicious

Linda said...

I've got to add this book to my tbr list. Thanks for posting about Things We Set On Fire.

Heather said...

Powerful opening, sounds like a good read. My teaser: Dance Upon the Air

Alice Audrey said...

He must think he's about to die.

Christie - The Fiction Enthusiast said...

What an intense teaser!

http://thefictionenthusiast.blogspot.com/2014/01/teaser-tuesday-january-14th.html

Ellie @ Ellie Reads Ficiton said...

Great teaser! I love it when a books starts really strong.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

You're welcome. I hope you enjoy the story.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

It's pretty intense.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Me too. This one really grabbed me.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

You and I do seem to share the same taste in books, don't we?

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Thank you for leaving a comment.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

And he would be right!

Yvonne said...

Excellent teaser! Enjoy your book!

tiensblurb said...

sounds like an interesting book - good teaser!

JC Jones said...

Nice teaser. Thanks for visiting.

Cyn said...

Ooh great teaser! And that's only 1% into the book. Definitely sounds interesting, hope you're enjoynig! Thanks for sharing and stopping by Bookmunchies (:
ps. I always stretch mine more than 2 sentences haha.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

There's a lot going on in this book. And, yes, I felt like I had to stretch mine to three sentences today.

Nise' said...

I am intrigued by the story behind the teaser!

Myra White said...

This definitely doesn't sound light, but it does sound like a very engaging read.

Thanks for stopping by my TT.

Andrea @The Bookish Babes said...

Very interesting teaser. I hope you're enjoying this. Thanks for sharing!

cleopatralovesbooks said...

That is a great teaser, the book doesn't sound too dissimilar to my choice with its tale of damaged families!

Lexxie Lin said...

Oh, this sounds pretty heave, Sandy! I think I'll be reading Things We Set on Fire - adding it to my TBR now :)

Have a great day, and happy reading.

Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

lifewithnoplot said...

Wow, that sounds pretty tense! I'll bet it forces you to keep reading though. :)

Denise @ Life With No Plot

sherry fundin said...

Awesome teaser. Makes me want to run right out and buy the book.

Kero Sunshine said...

I like your teaser.

Kym said...

Oh man, that's a great teaser, I can't believe there's that much tension in the first 1% of the book!!

Ambrosia said...

Wow..that is a teaser that sucks you in. This one is hitting my TBR.

Thank you for stopping by Fire & Ice

Christine Rains said...

That's an awesome teaser! Thanks for sharing and for stopping by my blog. :)

Udita Banerjee said...

My, my I hope Jackson survives! Thanks for stopping by earlier :)

Patricia W said...

Funny you said this was a "light, easy read". The teaser makes me think there's more to it. Great tease. Thanks for stopping by.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Actually, I said it was NOT a light, easy read. There's definitely more to it!

Sandra Nachlinger said...

The author does a great job of setting up the drama that follows.