Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Teaser Tuesday: The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.
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! (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!

The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith.

The Geography of You and Me –

Sometimes it seemed as if his whole life was an exercise in waiting; not waiting to leave, exactly, but simply waiting to go. He felt like one of those fish that had the capacity to grow in unimaginable ways if only the tank were big enough.
— Chapter 4

But there’s no such thing as a completely fresh start. Everything new arrives on the heels of something old, and every beginning comes at the cost of an ending.
— Chapter 36

When I was younger there were always two sayings that I couldn’t quite figure out how both of them could exist at the same time: “Distance makes the heart grow fonder” and “Out of sight, out of mind.” I always kept asking myself which is it? For this novel, it’s definitely absence ... or rather distance, because even if there is half the world between them, they’re never really far from each other. Jennifer E. Smith writes happy books that don’t scream happiness at you from the very beginning and that’s what I probably appreciate most about them. If a book has the claim to be contemporary, I want it to have a make-believe reality that makes sense. As someone who has been stuck in a small lift more often than she likes to count (damn you, insufficient university funds!), it makes a lot of sense that you can feel connected to the person you were stuck with. (Always a great conversation starter that “Seems like I’m stuck with you then” line ... not really.) And since travelling is one of my other favourite things, this story is a perfect reading balm for dreary autumn days. Works also for any other kind of weather but the sun hasn’t come out at all today so please excuse the light depressive turn. Fact is, this book has quite a bit of sunshine between its pages.

We switched back to standard time this weekend and thus have early nightfall from now on, time to cosy up with books! Where is your favourite reading spot? Take a blanket and share your teasers in the comments.


Beth F said...

I've heard good things about this one ... Nothing wrong with happy!

Duncan D. Horne - the Kuantan blogger said...

Nice teasers!
Here's my Jesus the Christ Tuesday Teaser

Kim@Time2Read said...

You are right about those two sayings being confusing! This book has been on my list for awhile, but I haven't gotten around to reading it. Hope you enjoy!
Today I'm featuring Accidents of Marriage by Randy Susan Meyers.

Unknown said...

I may have to add this one to my reading list. Both of those quotes are powerful. I like the writing:)
Here is my TT - http://fuonlyknew.com/2014/10/28/teaser-tuesdays-87-moore-zombies-and-the-alien-next-door/

Unknown said...

I actually just added this to my TBR list :) Thanks for sharing!

Here is my TT!
Kenzi @Shattered Hearts Reviews

Sandra Nachlinger said...

This sounds like a book I'd enjoy. Love the comparison of his life to a fish in a too-small tank in the first Teaser. What an original way of describing his situation.
My Tuesday post features THE BEARWALKER’S DAUGHTER.

Tribute Books Mama said...

Good teaser!

Unknown said...

Those are both really great teasers! So much truth, wisdom, and hope. I've been meaning to read this book for a while now, and you've just given me a couple more reasons to pick it up. Great choice, thanks for sharing!

This week I'm diving into The Perilous Sea.

Nise' said...

I want to read this book.

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