Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Where or When - Teaser Tuesday

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I'm about halfway through this book, and I'm enjoying Anita Shreve's writing. She spends a lot of time examining the thoughts and actions of her characters, which means the plot is definitely slow-moving. But it also means that I get to know and care about the characters and want (no, NEED) to find out how the story ends. I will admit, however, that I've read many books by this author, and although I'm enjoying this story, it is not one of my favorites. (Copyright date is 1993.) 

Here's my two-sentence snippet from 
Page 69 (paperback copy).

Teaser:
He wondered, while he ate his sandwich at the bar of the inn, if he would know Siân Richards if she walked in now, if when their eyes met she would know him. He'd been replaying various scenarios for days, imagining their first encounter after thirty-one years.

Genre: Literary Fiction
Length: 240 Pages
Amazon Link: Where or When
Other Books by This Author: Anita Shreve's Amazon Author Page

Synopsis from Goodreads:
What would you do if out of the blue, you received a letter from your first love? Siân Richards sees no reason why she can't write back to Charles Callahan. After all, it's been thirty years and they are both married with families. But when they decide to meet again, an innocent correspondence becomes a dangerous intimacy. Swept up in the past and consumed by an obsessive love, Charles and Siân risk everything to be together. A heart-wrenching, suspenseful story with an unforgettable conclusion, Where or When is also a 'thoughtful, beautifully written contemporary romance' (The Washington Post).

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 and author too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers
  • Leave a comment on MizB's Teaser Tuesday post (HERE) and include your link so everyone can find your post.




35 comments:

Kim@Time2Read said...

I haven't read any Anita Shreve, though I do have a couple on my shelf. I hear she's good, so maybe I'll make time for them this fall.
Today I'm featuring Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld
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madamevauquer said...

Thanks for coming by to check out my TT at http://wp.me/pZnGI-aU

Now I'm curious on Where or When and wondering if it is good or bad to try and revisit the past.

Heather said...

Am not familiar with this author's work, but it certainly sounds good. Thanks for visiting!

Leslie said...

That sounds really intriguing! I haven't read anything by this author before. Maybe now, I'll have to look into it. I'm pretty curious.

Thanks for stopping by my TT

Amanda Hootie Clark said...

Wow! Sounds like there might be a teensy bit of a cheating aspect. I'm not fond of those but it sounds interesting. That's a great teaser!

Sandra Nachlinger said...

She is an excellent writer, but her books tend to move slowly. I'm okay with that.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I enjoy books where people revisit the past.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

She has written quite a few books. The ones I've read would be classified as "women's fiction."

Kerry O'Donnell said...

I like the sound of this one. It makes me wonder about the characters relationship and why they haven't seen each other in so long! Thanks for sharing!
My Teaser.

Louisa Paarsmarkt said...

Why the long wait between meeting again? Great teaser! Thanks for stopping by! Happy reading!

Cleo Bannister said...

That is a long time before meeting up! I have really enjoyed some of Anita Shreve's books but I have to be in the right mood to read them. As you say they are books to savour not to race through. Thanks for visiting my TT http://cleopatralovesbooks.wordpress.com/2014/08/12/teaser-tuesday-august-12/

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I read this one a long time ago, so it isn't fresh in my mind....but I would have to say it wasn't my favorite by this author, either. Thanks for sharing...and I do like the premise of it.

Thanks for visiting my blog.

Tribute Books Mama said...

Wow! meeting after so many years, sounds like a good one.

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fredamans said...

I have a different Anita Shreve book here and after reading that teaser I might get on it sooner.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I'm the same way. Sometimes I want a book that dashes ahead, and other times I want the story to slowly unfold. The books I've read by this author are definitely the "slowly unfolding" type.

JC Jones said...

Long time to good between meetings. Thanks for visiting.

Catherine @ Book Club Librarian said...

I've read many Shreve novels, but I don't ever remember seeing this one. I like the sound of it and will have to see if my library has a copy.

Thanks for visiting my blog--have a great week.

PD Workman said...

Great spoiler.

Thank you for visiting my blog. As you know, my teaser today was from a biography of Robin Williams: http://pdworkman.com/good-bye-robin-williams-teasertuesday-mentalillness/

Sandra Nachlinger said...

It was worth reading. Just not one of my favorites.

Suzie Quint said...

Not a run of the mill romance, with both characters married to others. Sounds interesting though.

Yvonne said...

I love this author. Great teaser!

Laura Thomas said...

31 years later! I like the idea. Makes me wonder what happened to seperate them. And I don't mind a slow moving plot if the characters are well developed. I'm into character driven books and movies. I'll have to try this one.
Thanks for stopping by my tease.

kattermonran.com said...

Heh. I think that's something we have all done when thinking about meeting someone we haven't seen for a very long time

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Since you like character driven stories, you'll like all of Anita Shreve's books.

Cyn @ Bookmunchies said...

I just wanted to say I really like the cover! And the teaser is lovely! I'm really curious, the book sounds very interesting. Thanks for sharing (:

Sheri said...

This sounds like something I would like! I hope you're enjoying it :)

Kero Sunshine said...

Thirty-one years!? Oh my. The last two words actually make the teaser interesting.

Kero @ Kero's Book Blog

Kirsty-Marie Jones said...

Though, I suppose everyone would wonder if they'd recognise someone after thirty-one years. :)

Laura said...

I've wondered if I would recognize people after such a long time, especially when I get invitations to reunions. Of course thanks to Facebook, I know now what some of them look like. Thanks for sharing and thanks for coming by my blog!

jacquie said...

Cool cover:)

Claudia {Sparrowhawk} said...

Sounds like a romantic reunion! I am curious :)

Naomi Hop said...

Ooooh... I wonder what happened! Great tease!

Thanx for visiting my TT
Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

Franny said...

That looks interesting. Lots of things must have happened in 31 years. Thanks for sharing and for stopping by my blog, Sandra!

Rachel Hoyt said...

Something tells me he would! :) Great teaser!!

Rachel @ Paper Cuts

Eustacia Tan said...

He sounds rather obsessed :/ I wonder how it all turns out...

Thanks for having stopped by my blog!

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