Thursday, March 18, 2021

Amphibians, New Book of Connected Short Stories by Lara Tupper, on BOOK BEGINNINGS



Welcome to Book Beginnings on Fridays, where participants tease their fellow participants with the opening sentence (or so) of the books they are reading this week.

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Amphibians is a new short story collection from Lara Tupper and it launched this week:

On the lake the loons are sparse, but Helen has acquired a throw pillow, a present from the girl, stitched by a local artisan and bought with allowance money from an overpriced gift shop.

-- from "Amphibians," the title story in this collection of 11 linked short stories. This opening sentence may not seem to make sense, but read on!

The stories in Amphibians are set in Maine, Italy, Japan and the United Arab Emirates, but all explore the theme of "feeling not quite right in one's own body" -- on water or land. Tupper's female characters are quirky, fragile, tough, wounded, and all very real.

Amphibians won the Leapfrog Fiction Contest so was published by Leapfrog Press as the prize. Lara Tupper is the author of the wonderful historical novel Off Island. Visit Lara Tupper's website for information about the book and online events.


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Freda at Freda's Voice hosts another teaser event on Fridays. Participants share a two-sentence teaser from page 56 of the book they are reading -- or from 56% of the way through the audiobook or ebook. Please visit Freda's Voice for details and to leave a link to your post.


From "Dishdash" in Amphibians:

In the apartment Mo rubs the white sand from her shoes and it leaves brown streaks on the towel, like ordinary dirt. She drinks an entire can of Pepsi and reads, in Lonely Planet, that Dubai is “the Miami of the Middle East."


  1. I wonder if she chose the title Amphibians intentionally because the publisher is Leapfrog. That would be subtle, but clever.

    The quotes you have shared have a delightful quirkiness because they suggest one thing, then veer off to another.

  2. Sounds good! Thanks for hosting and for sharing.

  3. This one sounds kind of interesting. Enjoy your current read! :-)

  4. Sounds like a good book. Have a great weekend!

  5. I love the idea of a collection exploring the feeling of not quite being at home in yourself! I'll definitely check this one out :) Thank you for hosting and have a lovely weekend!
    Juli @ A Universe in Words

  6. I'm often not keen on short story collections, but this one looks good.

  7. I love short stories! Happy memeversary weekend!


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