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Teaser Tuesday: Before the Earthquake


• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• On your blog or other social media, 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! Everyone loves Teaser Tuesday. Post a link at www.ThePurpleBooker.com/ as a response to the week's Teaser Tuesday.



I'm reading Before the Earthquake, by Maria Allen. The novel is set in the south of Italy in the early part of the 20th century, in the aftermath of an earthquake that damaged 15-year-old Concetta's village.

My family is Italian, and the following passage reminds me of a story of my father's childhood in an immigrant community in northeastern Pennsylvania. When he was sick, his mother would sometimes bring him to a woman he called the "Italian witch doctor," whose treatments were similar to the one Concetta's mom uses on her in this book.

This teaser is on page 41, and takes place when Concetta, who was badly injured in the earthquake and remembers very little of the weeks before it, thinks she feels something moving inside her.


" 'Evil,' her mother said. 'Lu maluocchi. The evil eye.'  When someone was watching you, when someone was hoping that harm might befall you, when someone was wishing it so much that it did in fact happen to you, that was when they said you have 'the evil eye.'"

― Before the Earthquake
by Maria Allen

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August 21 Writer Birthdays

Stone - Dog Soldiers
August 21 Writer Birthdays

  • 1798 - Jules Michelet, French historian, professor, and author credited with coining the word "Renaissance."

  • 1886 - Ruth Manning-Sanders, British poet and author whose children's books collected and retold fairy tales from around the world.

  • 1897 - Constance McLaughlin Green, Pulitzer Prize-winning American urban historian and author.

  • 1906 - Friz Freleng, American cartoonist, animator, screenwriter, and producer for the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of cartoons under the Warner Bros. banner.

  • 1908 - May Margaret (Mollie) Kaye, Indian-born British bestselling author, illustrator, screenwriter, and children's writer who often published as M.M. Kaye and who was best known for her novel, The Far Pavilions.

  • 1920 - Don E. Fehrenbacher, Pulitzer Prize winning American historian and author.

  • 1929 - X.J. Kennedy, American poet, translator, editor, and author of children's literature and writing guides; he added the "X" as a first initial to distinguish himself from dynasty founder and political mastermind Joseph P. Kennedy.

  • 1937 - Robert Stone, National Book Award-winning American novelist who has twice been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Time magazine included his novel Dog Soldiers in its list of the 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005

  • 1943 - Jonathan Schell, American author and professor whose work presented argued against the proliferation of nuclear weapons; he was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award.

  • 1954 - Claudia Mills, American librarian, professor, and children's book author; early in her career, as a secretary at a publishing firm, she submitted manuscripts to the company under an assumed name and had to write rejection letters to herself.


Kaye - The Far PavilionsManning-Sanders - A Book of DragonsSchell - The Gift of TimeMills - Alex Ryan, Stop That


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