Jan 20, 2017

Book Beginning: Beasts and Children by Amy Parker

Beasts and Children: Stories by Amy Parker, February 2, 2016, Mariner Books
Source: library
First story beginning: "The White Elephant"

Carline and I sat at the breakfast table dressed as the dancing ostriches from Fantasia. It was Halloween morning, 1967 - the last year of my family's unbroken life - and my older sister and I were having a fight with our mother. She had made these outfits for our schools' costume parade.

There are ten stories in the book.

Page 56 from the story, " Rainy Season."

Maizie gets away with familiarity because she's young and cute.

About the author: Amy Parker is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and was a Michener Fellow at the University of Texas, Austin. She spent her childhood overseas among the diplomatic corps and is ordained in the Soto Zen monastic lineage. She lives in Wichita, Kansas.

Memes: The Friday 56. Grab a book, turn to page 56 or 56% of your eReader. Find any sentence that grabs you. Post it, and add your URL post in Linky at Freda's Voice. Also visit Book Beginning at Rose City Reader.


  1. Both of these sound good. I like that quote:) Probably true a lo of the time.

    MY Friday 56 from The Breedling And The City In The Garden

  2. This sounds like it could be a fun book - here's my Friday meme

  3. I don't often read short story collections, but this one does sound tempting.

    Thanks for sharing...and here's mine: “THE DRY”

  4. Looks allow people to get away with a lot of things.
    sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

  5. Sounds like a good anthology of stories. Happy weekend!

  6. I can't imagine how complicated those ostrich costumes would be to make! This sounds like an interesting collection. I love a good short story collection.

  7. I've been drawn to short stories more recently and this sounds like a good one to add to my TBR.
    My 56 is for My Sweet Revenge

  8. Beautiful cover! I hope the stories keep you riveted.


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