Teaser Tuesday: Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

But it was not a shoe, it was a suitcase…It seemed inordinately heavy in relation to its size, but I had no way of telling what was inside. It was fastened with locks in three places. I waited impatiently for the evening, when Four-Eyes would be released from his daily struggle with the buffalo, so that I could ask him what sort of treasure he had so securely hidden away in his secret cache. To my surprise he didn’t answer my question. All the time we were cooking he was unusually quiet…Luo broke the silence. “I expect they’re books,” he said. “The way you keep your suitcase locked up and hidden away is enough to betray your secret: you’ve got a stash of forbidden books.” A flicker of panic showed in our short-sighted friend’s eyes, then vanished behind his glasses as he composed his features into a smiling mask. “You must be dreaming,” he said.

~Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Saijie (p51-2)


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 teaser

3 thoughts on “Teaser Tuesday: Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

  1. What a fascinating teaser….thanks for sharing!

    Here’s MY TT POST

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