MizB at Should Be Reading hosts Teaser Tuesdays. Here's how it works: Grab your current read; let the book fall open to a random page; and share 2 "teaser" sentences from that page. For more teasers, click on through to MizB's blog.
Today's tease comes from a novel set in the American west at a time when the railroad barons were king and adventurous young men sought their fortunes in mining. Both industries exploited Chinese immigrants, and sometimes there was violence. I'll be talking more about this book in an upcoming Imprint Friday feature.
Inside the observation car, well-dressed men and women lounged in straight-backed red velvet chairs, peered out the windows at rock and pine trees, read newspapers. She didn't know any of them, but she could stand where she was and make up a pretty good story for each. And wasn't that the way of the history? Strangers looking at strangers from afar, telling what was knowable, filling in the rest with interesting guesses. (pp. 5-6)—From Take Me Home by Brian Leung (HarperCollins / HarperPerennial, 2011)