Writing is like being able to put life into a snow globe. It takes the things that are too big and scary and reduces them into a form that I can put away when I want and look at from a distance. It also takes all that’s good in life and captures it into something I can take out when I want and look at close up and keep forever. It makes the bad things into something I can hold…and the good things into something I can hold onto. Both help so much that I need that little souvenir of life.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Book Blurb Friday #36

I’m off work today and grateful for the time to get caught up. I was going to (unofficially) attempt NaNoWriMo, but so far it’s NaNoWriNO. Is it possible to get caught up when you’re this far behind? It’s a question I ask myself a little too often these days.

But for inspiration, it’s time once again for Book Blurb Friday, a delightful meme hosted by the equally delightful Lisa Ricard Claro of Writing in the Buff. The challenge is to write a blurb of 150 words tops to go with her pretend book cover. I apologize to the talented Christina Claro for the changes I made to her beautiful photo. My blurb this week is 127 words.


When neither her mother nor social services would help Sheba La Grande after her stepfather tried to rape her, 15-year-old Sheba got on a bus and stepped off in Cincinnati, where she ended up living in the city’s abandoned and little-known subway. There, Sheba found herself adopted into a new family that consisted of the blind Mother May-Eye, the kind but delusional Fredo San Luci, the microwave-cart-wielding Princess Diva, the ghost of Mr. Finkelstein, and a pet squirrel named Justin Beaver, among others.

What resulted was the story of an incredible—and incredibly successful—family. A family that grew out of necessity and love.

Welcome to Suburbway, where you may find yourself redefining the meaning of dysfunction—and having a jolly good time while you’re there.

Close friends become family and family is the true center of the universe. ~Dave Marinaccio


  1. Oh that is good! I want to read all about this family. Love the names! And it's not too late to do NaNo! :-)

  2. Tammy, this is awesome! I'll buy a copy. It would be fun to see how you develop each character and tell about their past and present lives.

    Take care,

    Kathy M.

  3. Tammy, this is absolutely wonderful. I kid you not. This book should be written. Write it. Write it now for NaNo, and I'll buy it, I promise.

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

  4. PS—I'm so far behind, I think I'm in first place. My solution: I'm going to run away from home for a couple of weeks. Nobody will straighten things up in my absence, never fear, but I'm going to hang out with a 10-year-old, an 8-year-old and a 4-year-old who all love me almost as much as I love them, so the mess here at home won't bother me for two whole weeks.

  5. Your characters crack me up, Blind mother may-eye and Justin Beaver... oh I hear he found one. (wink, wink)

    So glad to hear some else is in the "which disaster do I address first" club, I was beginning to think I was the sole member. :)
    Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

  6. Awesome blurb! Yes, I'd buy. The characters alone are compelling, and I bet the read would have me laughing and crying at the same time. Terrific idea Tammy. This really would make a wonderful story and study of what truly constitutes "family." Nice! (Justin Beaver. . .haha)

  7. Thanks so much, Lynn and Kathy!

    Kay, I like the idea of running away from it all. Enjoy your visit, and I'm sure the responsibilities will wait for you.

    Jules, you should talk about cracking people up!!! And I've been a member of that club for some time now. Good name.

    Thanks, Lisa! :)


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