Thursday, August 31, 2006

excerpt 4 from mother mexico - random sampling

The chickens did follow the kids into the house, determined to make themselves part of the family. They started with four, but one started going over to the neighbors’, looking for greener grass where there was none. Once the dutiful neighbor built a coop out of a mottled collection of cardboard and tin shingles, hammered flat; there was no getting it back. Natalie had been inside the coop when the neighbor cheerfully showed it to her, free of guile. There was no discussion on where the neighbor might be getting one free chicken. It was a work of ingenius construction. Outside was tidy, inside looked like a tiny chicken nightclub with the beer logo side of the cardboard decorating the walls. Natalie didn’t even try to get it back. It’s not like it was chicken-napped. It had rejected them, she told the kids jokingly. Louisa, for all the trauma she had gone through in her young life without a tear, had suddenly felt the loss of this poultry more than any other. She was briefly inconsolable. The best thing to do, Natalie told Louisa in mock seriousness, was to invest all their love in the remaining loyal three. No use in loving things who couldn’t even stay home and enjoy the family.

6 comments :

  1. andrea dv10:16 PM

    Hey Michelle, just wanted to say i've loved reading your excerpts from mother mexico. i'm SO excited for you! i will be looking for your book this fall :)

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  2. Anonymous9:32 AM

    I know this is going to be a book I cannot put down! I will be the first in line when it hit the shelves.

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  3. Can't wait to read the book & will be buying copies to give to everyone I know this Christmas, so be sure to publish plenty of copies to go around...I know a lot of people!!! Good luck with it's release & be sure to let me know the exact release date so I can begin shopping! Love ya lots!

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  4. M, i am looking forward to reading the whole book and am so excited for you too..

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  5. Stephanie7:21 PM

    I think it is so awesome that you wrote a book. I can't wait to read it.

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  6. Dwight10:30 PM

    Nice philosophical touch to the wandering chicken. As a reader I wish I could keep on so let us know when the complete book is ready. :+) LDM

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