*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56.
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you.
*Post it at http://fredasvoice.blogspot.com/
by Tracy Chevalier
"We needed fossils. I wanted to go out too, even with the cold, but I was stuck indoors, juggling baby about to stop his crying. He was such a squally little thing it was hard to like him. The only thing that shut him up was when I held him tight and jiggled him and sang
"Don't Let Me Die An Old Maid" over and over."
A book with characters who are fossil hunters? I know! Strange topic? Maybe. This book is about the writing, the descriptions of a harsh setting that somehow draws my curiosity in what could possibly be happening in this story. The characters are sharply defined. As I realize that I am interested in this quiet, rather plodding, account of the people in an unappealing setting with unusual, muddy attitudes, I wonder where on earth this story is leading. At this point, it seems to be about the lives of people doing what they do and that common humanity which exists in each of us.