Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Teaser Tuesday - Painting Mona Lisa by Jeanne Kalogridis

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 (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!

One of my favourite books that I read preblogging days was Jeanne Kalogridis' excellent The Borgia Bride. Over the last few months I have been eagerly anticipating reading her latest book, The Devil's Queen until I realised that some how I had never actually read her last book, which is published here under the title Painting Mona Lisa. I think it was called I, Mona Lisa in some other parts of the world.

My teaser comes from page 347:

My father sat, one shoulder pressed hard against the inner wall, his body slumped diagonally; he gingerly held one hand out to his side. The skin over his cheekbone was tight, violet, so puffed up that I could not see his eye. And his hand...


  1. I hope you're loving Painting Mona Lisa! I did when I read it. I'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts!


  2. Wow. That's a heck of a teaser. Very interested now.

  3. Marg, great teaser! I've added the title to my check out list. :)

  4. Great teaser! I've been thinking of reading this book. Also, the cover is very beautiful, isn't it?


  5. Nice teaser. I've heard of this book before and been interested. Hope you like it.

  6. Oh this sounds neat and I adore the cover. I love historical fiction like this.

  7. sounds good, and I love the cover art. If you want to wander down my road I’m home.

  8. It is a nice over isn't it Kaye and Tiina!

    Ladytink and Leya, I highly recommend reading The Borgia Bride from this author as well.

    Alayne and Lezlie, so far so good!

    Kiirsten, I nearly put in the section about the hand, and then I read back a bit and realised that this was a more natural teaser!

    Thanks for stopping by everyone.

  9. the cover looks fabulous...sounds like a great read

  10. Did someone's dad get in a fight? That's what it sounds like, though now I'm curious as to who/what/WHY. Great teaser!

    If you'd like, you can check out mine here.

  11. I have The Borgia Bride on my TBR pile - earmarked for a History challenge next year :)

  12. Sally, I loved The Borgia Bride. I hope you like it too.

    Celi.a, kind of, maybe!

    s, thanks for stopping by.



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