Friday, October 29, 2010

Friday 56: Week 57 Outside the Ordinary World by Dori Ostermiller

* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions
on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of this blog.
Post a link along with your post back to this blog and to Storytime with Tonya and Friends at
* Don't dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

Outside the Ordinary World by Dori Ostermiller

Outside the Ordinary World

Here's the blurb:
"Did it feel like you had a choice? Or were you driven by forces beyond your control?"

Sylvia Sandon always swore she wouldn't become her mother.  But one August morning she finds herself walking the same path as the fervently religious yet faithless Elaine. . . into an affair she feels powerless to resist.

Against the backdrop of California brush fires in the 1970s, twelve-year-old Sylvia had agreed to hold a secret that would devour her family's dream of happiness.  Now struggling to create a better life in small-town New England, Sylvia nonetheless feels caught in the coils of history:  she confronts the embers of her dying marriage, the all-consuming needs of her two daughters and her faltering artistic career.  Then Tai Rosen -- the father of a student -- ignites an unexpected passion and a familiar betrayal that could illuminated the past, even as it jeopardizes everything dear.

Here's my Friday 56:
Dad held a letter, which he slapped onto the tile."

About the Author:
Dori Ostermiller left her native California at twenty-four to complete an MFA in writing at the University of Massachusetts.  She is the recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist's Grant, and the founder and director of Writers in Progress, a literary arts center in the Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts. She currently lives with her husband and daughters in Northampton, where she is at work on her second novel.

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