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‘Deacon’s Folly’ By James Thibeault

“Devon,” said Deacon, ” I know we don’t know each other, and I guess I should be keeping to my own business – which is what this town seems to prefer. Seems like everybody lets the past go, and never ventures back to it. But I’m not like that. I can’t just let this town mock and ridicule you and not know why. It’s not like they treat the other children like they do you. They joke about you from afar, but nobody wants to go near you. It’s amazing, not that they … what I mean, what I’m saying …”

The deacon took a deep breath and exhaled. I looked around the room for the pump because I hadn’t spotted it yet.

“I want to know more about you.”

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Teaser Tuesday Image Updated December 2016 'The Purple Booker'


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by … Ambrosia @ ‘The Purple Booker

Anyone can take part, by just doing the following:

Grab your current read.

Open to a random page.

  1. Share a couple of  “teaser” sentences, from somewhere on that page.
  2. Be careful not to share “spoiler” sentences.
  3. Remember to share the title and author too.
  4. Head on over to ‘The Purple Booker’ and leave a link to your post, so that others can share it and you can share other people’s.

It would be great if you then decided to leave a comment for Ambrosia, as we all like to receive them and are interested in sharing your thoughts.

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I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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  • Even though I’m still not sure if this is one I’d enjoy, I’ll admit that I’m intrigued by the teaser you’ve shared here. I hope we’ll get a full review from you before too long!

    Nothing from me this time as I’m catching up on magazines between now and the new year. Last night I finished Discover Magazine’s annual 100 Top Stories in Science issue and stillI have all four of the quarterly Oxford American issues waiting to be read. (and that’s like reading four collections of short stories and essays) I seem to have a love/hate relationship with the publication, but can’t seen to bring myself to end my subscription. If you’d like to know more about it, here’s a link to their site:


    • Hi Kelly,

      ‘Deacon’s Folly’ is an intriguing and troubling piece of writing, which has me on a bit of a reading rollercoaster. One minute I feel so sad at what is happening to Devon, the next I find myself smiling at some of his antics, then I am driven to deep frustration and anger by the ignorance and maliciousness of this small minded community.
      I don’t tend to read magazines, although occasionally I will pick up a free upcoming publications book guide, which most of the bookshops seem to have supplies of and sometimes I will browse a copy of National Geographic.

      I did check out your link and after reading a couple of the articles, I decided to see if I could find a UK equivalent publication. By chance I came across this website and lo and behold, your Oxford American has a mention ..


      Enjoy your magazine binge 🙂

      • Interesting link, Yvonne, and I’m impressed to see the OA listed! Looks like you have several London based mags you could look into. I know you need more reading material! 😉

        There’s a National Geographic sitting in my pile, too. 🙂

        • I must admit that I have never heard of the majority of these titles, but I shall be taking a look at them, possibly over the Christmas break? 🙂

  • This is a curious teaser. I have not heard of this book before but the teaser does have me interesting in checking it out and possibly adding it to Mount TBR.

    • Hi Ambrosia,

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by and I hope that you are enjoying your new role hosting Monday Musings and Teaser Tuesdays, I am so pleased that you stepped in to fill Jenn’s shoes. 🙂

      You really should check out the full premise for ‘Deacon’s Folly’, then you will see why this is just such a troubling and highly disruptive storyline, which really set me thinking about how we, as a society, no matter how large or small, judge someone without really taking the trouble to get to know them first.

      I am only a short way into the story and it has great depth and perceptiveness in its narrative, without being too heavy going.

      Volcano TBR erupted a long time ago and I’ve given up all hope of ever getting the lid back on it now 🙂

    • Hi Cleo,

      The teaser lines are particularly poignant and significant, as no-one has before spoken to Devon like a human being, let alone tried to find out anything about him, his past life, or his thoughts about anything. At the moment the interest that Deacon is taking in him is scaring him half to death, so I am wondering what is going to happen next.

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by, I appreciate your comment 🙂

    • Hi Beth,

      I must admit that this storyline wouldn’t have jumped out from the shelves of the book shop and grabbed me and I kind of half told the author that I would probably only provide some promotional posts rather than a full read and review.

      However, having started reading, I am definitely hooked on Devon’s story and the terrible life he has had to endure at the hands of a town full of inhumanity and ridicule. I am rooting for Devon all the way and only hope that Deacon and Caroline can force folks to change their attitudes towards him and accept him as part of the community.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, I always appreciate it 🙂

    • Hi Tracy,

      You might recall from the initial feature post I published about ‘Deacon’s Folly’, that the cover artist was one of John’s students from the school in Massachusetts, where he teaches English to students with learning differences. Artist Kyle did an amazing job and looks so proud to be sharing the acclaim with John on the book’s publication.

      As I progress through the book, I am thinking more and more that this is once again an author who is writing about a subject area he knows quite intimately and this extract from the book’s Goodreads premise says it all in just a few words …

      “At its core this book is about a young man who is forced by an entire town to come to terms with his disability and his efforts to learn to live in a community of individuals of lesser humanity than himself.” …

      Thanks for stopping by, I always look forward to your visits 🙂

    • Hi Lauren,

      I haven’t read a massive number of books this year, but some of them have been very emotional and thought provoking. I am mid way through ‘Deacon’s Folly’ as I write, however I am not sure that I shall have the time to finish reading it before the end of 2016. The book will however, make a great start to my 2017 tally!

      I keep thinking I know where the storyline is heading, only to have my mind changed by reading the very next chapter, which works on building the intrigue a little more!

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, I always enjoy connecting with you 🙂

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