16 June 2009

Where Are You? / Teaser Tuesday: The Painter from Shanghai

I'm a Chinese painter living in France. It's been twenty years since I left China during political upheaval. When people ask me about my life and what I've had to do to survive, I don't reveal all. A little mystery keeps my clients interested. But sometimes when I'm alone, I remember . . .

For more Where Are You? answers, visit Raidergirl3 at An Adventure in Reading.

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, somewhere between lines 7 and 12. For more teasers, click on through to MizB's blog.

Yuliang loves painting in rain, loves how the rain makes the world feel close and safe. She'll grind new ink to thicken Leanne's hair, make grasstrokes glisten with the dawn. When it is done, she'll triumphantly place her name. In Chinese. . . . She signs for herself, to bind her work to her. To tattoo it with a message: she has won. (p. 20)

—Both from The Painter from Shanghai by Jennifer Cody Epstein


Margot 6/16/09, 9:23 AM  

I love the sound/plot of the book but I really love the sentences. The writing sounds beautiful.

Hilarie 6/16/09, 9:30 AM  

What a great teaser! I wish I could paint, but alas, even stick figures are almost beyond my skills.

Chrisbookarama 6/16/09, 9:36 AM  

Hope you like this one. I thought it was really good.

Melody 6/16/09, 10:19 AM  

Sounds great! I look forward to reading your review on this soon!

Anonymous,  6/16/09, 10:25 AM  

The writing is fantastic. I look forward to hearing more about this one.

Sherrie 6/16/09, 10:30 AM  

Hi Beth,
Sounds very intriguing! I have put this on my TBR list. Have a great day!!


Linda Nguyen 6/16/09, 11:16 AM  

It's very poetic. I like the rain too! I've never thought of signing art work in that way. Great teaser. =)

gautami tripathy 6/16/09, 11:23 AM  

It is on my way to me. I look forward to read it!

Tuesdays: Teasers/Whereabouts

zetor 6/16/09, 12:21 PM  

Intriguing teaser!

Anonymous,  6/16/09, 1:35 PM  

I'm going to research this one, I used to paint and need motivation to go back to it. I also like lyrical writing and this sounds like it has that:)

avisannschild 6/16/09, 1:36 PM  

I love the image of binding her work to her by signing it. Sounds like a great book!

Anonymous,  6/16/09, 2:56 PM  

The idea of a Chinese painter in France intrigued me and the writing in the teaser is lovely - definitely a book to investigate!

Anonymous,  6/16/09, 3:36 PM  

Hmm... sounds interesting :-) It appeals to my nosy nature.

jlshall 6/16/09, 3:45 PM  

I've got this one on my TBR list. Sounds really good - although I don't like the thought of painting in the rain. Mainly, I just don't like rain. Liked the teasers, though!

JoAnn 6/16/09, 4:12 PM  

What beautiful writing!

Shonda 6/16/09, 7:35 PM  

I like your teaser. I was caught in the author's writing style. Impressive.

Belle 6/16/09, 10:00 PM  

Beautiful teaser. And as always, your where are you paragraph is very evocative!

Literary Feline 6/17/09, 5:22 PM  

I am looking forward to reading this one. Great teaser!

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