Feb 12, 2021

Bread and Salt: Stories by Valerie Miner - Book Beginning


Bread and Salt: Stories by Valerie Miner, September 5, 2020, Whitepoint Press

The characters in these stories live and travel in Tunisia, India, Indonesia, Italy, Turkey, France, and the United States and consider their individual agency in both local and global contexts. (publisher)

Book beginning:

Il Piccolo Tesoro 
I'm stepping into an expresso bar, fragrant with strong coffee and sweet cornetti, when my attention is drawn uphill by a weathered pink and green sign offering a vacancy at Il Piccolo Tesoro. The small treasure. I'm not greedy. The adjective appeals as much as the noun promises. 

I chose this Ligurian village in the sensible way, by spreading a map of Italy across my kitchen table in Toronto, closing my eyes and pushing a pushpin into destiny.

Page 56:
But when he got transferred up the coast, she couldn't bear commuting 100 miles down to the city, cutting him out of her days like that. ("Quiet as the Moon")

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  1. Tempting book and intriguing excerpts! Thanks for sharing, and here's mine: “AN ORDINARY LIFE”

  2. I might have to pick this one up during the summer for some armchair travel. Thank you for sharing!

  3. I like the quotes. Have a great weekend!

  4. Sounds like wonderful literature! Happy Valentine's weekend!

  5. Sounds like a real adventure is going to happen! Would make a great holiday read -- if we weren't in lockdown over here, that is...

    Here's my post for today.

  6. To travel to all those places! This sounds like a great collection. I hope you are enjoying it. Have a great weekend!

  7. Sounds so nice to travel all over!


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