Teaser Tuesday 5/25 The False Friend by Myla Goldberg

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Teaser TuesdayTeaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  1. Grab your current read
  2. Open to a random page
  3. 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!)
  4. Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Yesterday, I spent the day in publishers' offices discussing upcoming reading group picks. There are so many great ones. 

But, I have to tell you about one coming out in October. Remember Bee Season by Myla Goldberg -- excellent book club pick. Most recently, Goldberg wrote Time's Magpie, a book of essays about Prague. Well, she has written her third novel and I'm dying to read it. And, I snagged a galley of it (my friend at Doubleday very kindly gifted it to me!) It is small and will be easy to carry home.

So, my Teaser Tuesday is from the beginning of The False Friend, (October 2010). And, I so love the cover.

"The False FriendThe sight of a vintage VW bug dredged Djuna Pearson from memory. "Ladybug," Djuna said into Celia's ear as casually as ever, as if this were not the first time that voice had been heard in twenty-one years."



Here is the publisher's summary.

The False Friend is an astonishingly complex psychological drama with a simple setup: two  eleven-year-old girls, best friends and fierce rivals, go into the woods. Only one comes out . . .

Leaders of a mercurial clique of girls, Celia and Djuna reigned mercilessly over their three followers. One after­noon, they decided to walk home along a forbidden road. Djuna disappeared, and for twenty years Celia blocked out how it happened.

The lie Celia told to conceal her misdeed became the accepted truth: everyone assumed Djuna had been abducted, though neither she nor her abductor was ever found. Celia’s unconscious avoidance of this has meant that while she and her longtime boyfriend, Huck, are professionally successful, they’ve been unable to move forward, their relationship falling into a rut that threatens to bury them both.

Celia returns to her hometown to confess the truth, but her family and childhood friends don’t believe her. Huck wants to be supportive, but his love can’t blind him to all that contra­dicts Celia’s version of the past.

Celia’s desperate search to understand what happened to Djuna has powerful consequences. A deeply resonant and emotionally charged story, The False Friend explores the adults that children become—leading us to question the truths that we accept or reject, as well as the lies to which we succumb.

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Myla Goldberg reads from The False Friend

In case some of you are interested, KQED's "The Writers' Block" just published an episode of Myla Goldberg reading from her new book:



Wow super intriguing teaser! Thanks for visiting The Crowded Leaf.

Great teaser! That book

Great teaser! That book sounds like it has a lot of potential. I like the cover, too, and the title. Thanks for stopping by Let Them Read Books today! Happy reading!

Great teaser! Here is my

Great teaser! Here is my Teaser Tuesday!


This sounds like an interesting book.....great teaser. I really like the cover, too. I will have to check this one out. Thanks for visiting my TT!

Very intriguing teaser. What

Very intriguing teaser. What a great book title also...

My teaser this week is from ADDITION by Toni Jordan (chick lit): http://www.bookloverbookreviews.com/2010/05/teaser-tuesday_25.html

Barbara- I had a great time

Barbara- I had a great time meeting and chatting with you last week-Do you ever make it out to LA? You have some great books here-I cannot wait to add them to my list.


This looks like my kind of book! I'm adding it to my list...thanks. :)

Here's my teaser...