Welcome to another edition of Teaser Tuesdays, hosted by Should Be Reading.

Here’s how it works:

  • 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.

Today I’m spotlighting a book that’s been on my TBR stacks for awhile, and I’m very excited to plunge in.  Beautiful Children, by Charles Bock, is a wide-ranging portrait of a mythically depraved Las Vegas.



About the Book:  This sweeping debut takes in everything from the bland misery of suburban Nevada to the exploitative Vegas sex industry. At the nexus of this Dickensian universe is Newell Ewing, a hyperactive 12-year-old boy with a comic-book obsession. One Saturday night, Newell disappears after going out with his socially awkward, considerably older friend. Orbiting around that central mystery are a web of sufferers: Newell’s distraught parents, clinging onto a fraught but tender marriage; a growth-stunted comic book illustrator; a stripper who sacrifices bodily integrity for success; and a gang of street kids. Into their varying Vegas tableaux, Bock stuffs an overwhelming amount of evocative detail and brutally revealing dialogue (sometimes in the form of online chats). The story occasionally gets lost in amateur skin flicks, unmentionable body alterations and tattoos, and the greasy cruelty of adolescents, all of which are given unflinching and often deft closeups. The bleak, orgiastic final sequence, drawing together the disparate plot threads, feels contrived, but Bock’s Vegas has hope, compassion and humor, and his set pieces are sharp and accomplished. (Jan.)
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Teaser:  Stretched out in his father’s trailer, sitting at his mom’s kitchen table, trying to get away from all the drama by crashing with his aunt, using the loose magazine page in front of him as a guide, working from and relying on his memory, Kenny would clutch a nub of pencil and ignore his more carnal instincts.  p. 35


Wow, that is one long sentence!  What did the rest of you find today?  Come on by and share!


Filed under taking risks, teaser tuesdays

42 responses to “TUESDAY OUT ON A LIMB — TEASIN’ – OCT. 25

  1. Wow! Great teaser! How’s the book so far because it sure sounds interesting!

    Here’s my teaser: http://palmtreesbarefeet.wordpress.com/2011/10/25/teaser-tuesday-becoming-a-writer/

  2. Sounds like an interesting book, enjoy! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  3. Sounds very intriguing! And it is a very long sentence.

    Thanks for stopping by mine. :)

  4. Amy

    It is a long sentence but a good one!

  5. That is one long sentence! Great teaser – thanks for stopping by! :)

  6. Great teaser! That is a long sentence. Thanks for sharing!

  7. That is a long sentence perfect for a teaser :) thanks for visiting mine.

  8. Sounds rather different. I hope you enjoy it, and thanks for visiting!

  9. Hmm…Wonder what those instincts are?! Thanks for sharing your teaser.

    Thank you for stopping by The Bookish Babes!

  10. I’m curious about what the character is really doing and why he’s trying to avoid his carnal instincts. Good teaser today. Thanks for stopping by Quirky Girls Read today. We always enjoy your visits.

  11. At least it sounds as if he’s found a way to stay in control…through writing? Thanks for stopping by My Teaser Tuesdays

    ♥ Melissa @ Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf

  12. Good teaser. Quite a sentence. I’m glad it didn’t get very specific about all those “carnal instincts”! Sounds like an intriguing book, but maybe a little too gritty for me.

  13. Body integrity?

    I take it the kid is sketching from a dirty magazine. Looks like quite the gritty book.

  14. Very intriguing, good pick and thanks for stopping by

  15. T.F.Walsh

    That is a long sentence… but I liked it… thanks for visiting.

  16. Sounds like an interesting read!

  17. Interesting teaser!!

    Thanks for checking out my Teaser Tuesday! Happy Reading, Jen

  18. I do like the sound of this teaser. Hope the rest is as good.

  19. Hi! Thanks for the visit to my blog!

    Beautiful Children looks like an interesting book. Thanks for sharing!

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