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Teaser Tuesdays: The Mermaid Chair

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.

Kidd - Mermaid Chair
I'm between books now, but last night I finished reading the novel, The Mermaid Chair, by Sue Monk Kidd, so I'll take a teaser from that. The protagonist, Jessie, is an artist who has returned to the South Carolina barrier island where she grew up. Her mother's best friend Kat owns a gift shop called The Mermaid's Tale and has asked Jessie to paint pictures of mermaids to sell in the store. In this passage (from page 185) Jessie describes her work.

I'd already painted a dozen or more mermaids for Kat — staying up sometimes until after midnight to finish one. I'd started out doing the typical thing — mermaids on rocks, mermaids under the water, mermaids on top of the water — until I'd grown bored and begun to paint them in ordinary but unlikely places: driving a station wagon along I-85 in Atlanta with a baby mermaid strapped in a car seat in the back; balancing on her tail fin before a stove, clad in a "Kiss the Cook" apron, frying fish in a skillet; and my favorite — sitting in a chair at a hair salon getting her long, silken tresses cut into a short, angular style with bangs.

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