TEASER TUESDAYS — THE KINGDOM OF CHILDHOOD — NOV. 29

 

Good morning, blog world!  Welcome to another edition of Teaser Tuesdays, hosted by Miz B, at 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 excerpting from a psychological drama called The Kingdom of Childhood, by Rebecca Coleman.

About:  The Kingdom of Childhood is the story of a boy and a woman: sixteen-year-old Zach Patterson, uprooted and struggling to reconcile his knowledge of his mother’s extramarital affair, and Judy McFarland, a kindergarten teacher watching her family unravel before her eyes. Thrown together to organize a fundraiser for their failing private school and bonded by loneliness, they begin an affair that at first thrills, then corrupts each of them. Judy sees in Zach the elements of a young man she loved as a child, but what Zach does not realize is that their relationship is—for Judy—only the latest in a lifetime of disturbing secrets.

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Teaser:  It was absurd, the degree to which Maggie was rebelling against her upbringing, but even as part of me laughed at it, part of me also mourned.  I remembered looking down at her as she nursed at my breast, a tiny squashed creature clad in a white onesie and the pink hat Bobbie had crocheted for her, and gravely resolving in my heart that things would be different with her than they had been with my own mother. p. 159

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I’m not at this place in the book yet, but I’m eager to learn more about this particular relationship.

What did you discover today?  I hope you’ll stop by and share.

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81 thoughts on “TEASER TUESDAYS — THE KINGDOM OF CHILDHOOD — NOV. 29

  1. The cover is creepy but the story itself seems like a sad and a bit disturbing… It reminds of a movie… about a teacher’s relationship with a younger boy in school… hmmm… I don’t know the title, I just seen it somewhere… *sigh… I can’t remember :<

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    • Oh, I know…there have been a few movies on this kind of thing. The best one I’ve seen, though, was the one with Nicole Kidman called To Die For, based on the book by Joyce Maynard. Thanks for stopping by, April.

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    • I guess I have a thick skin for the disturbing because of the work I did for more than three decades (Child Protection). Which is not to say that I ever stop feeling for victims.

      Thanks for stopping by, Melissa.

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