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Teaser Tuesday: Bread and Roses, Too

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Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along. Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two “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.

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My teaser is from Bread and Roses, Too, by Katherine Paterson.
Paterson - Bread and Roses Too

This quote is from page 82. The narrator, Rosa, is a young girl in an Italian immigrant family in 1912. Her mother, her older sister, and most of the women she knows have gone out on strike in protest against wage cuts and inhumane working conditions in the textile factories.

At this moment, Rosa's mother is touching Rosa's hair as she tries to put into words for her daughters and a group of women strikers exactly why they are on strike. (This is a bit more than two sentences, but I couldn't find a good quote that managed to say much of anything in only two.)


"I think," she began quietly, "I think we want...not just bread for our bellies. We want more than only bread. We want food for our hearts, our souls. We want — how to say it? We want, you know — Puccini music.... We want for our beautiful children some beauty." She leaned over and kissed the curl on her finger. "We want roses...."

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Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: October 7th, 2014 10:57 pm (UTC)
Beautiful writing!

That's a lovely passage. This sounds like the kind of book I adore.
My Tuesday post features SAVING SHELBY SUMMERS. (http://sandranachlinger.blogspot.com)

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