Welcome to another Tuesday celebrating bookish events, from Tuesday/First Chapter/Intros, hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea; and Teaser Tuesdays hosted by Should Be Reading.

Just grab your book and share the opening lines; then find another excerpt that “teases” the reader.

My excerpts today are from We Sinners, by Hanna Pylvainen.

This stunning debut novel—drawn from the author’s own life experience—tells the moving story of a family of eleven in the American Midwest, bound together and torn apart by their faith

The Rovaniemis and their nine children belong to a deeply traditional church (no drinking, no dancing, no TV) in modern-day Michigan. A normal family in many ways, the Rovaniemis struggle with sibling rivalry, parental expectations, and forming their own unique identities in such a large family. But when two of the children venture from the faith, the family fragments and a haunting question emerges: Do we believe for ourselves, or for each other? Each chapter is told from the distinctive point of view of a different Rovaniemi, drawing a nuanced, kaleidoscopic portrait of this unconventional family. The children who reject the church learn that freedom comes at the almost unbearable price of their close family ties, and those who stay struggle daily with the challenges of resisting the temptations of modern culture. With precision and potent detail, We Sinners follows each character on their journey of doubt, self-knowledge, acceptance, and, ultimately, survival.


Beginning:  She should have told him already about the church, but she hadn’t.  The warnings were all there—he could name all of her siblings, and he looked at her too deliberately, and when he hugged her she was caught too long against his chest.  Every morning she decided she would tell him, but every afternoon it was too tempting to go one more day, one more minute where he found a way to hold her fingers as she passed him a note.  But now she knew he was going to ruin it all and ask her to the dance, she could feel it—she avoided him carefully but fussed with her hair, nearly sick with the twin terrors of him asking her or not asking her, not sure to which end she should assign her hope.


Teaser:  But when the week had passed, and the right lies had been told at the right time, and the conference clothing had been exchanged in the airport bathroom for a revealing top, she felt afraid.  p. 89


I’m really looking forward to this one.  What do you think?  And what are you sharing today?


  1. It does sound interesting. I came from a family of eight, and we each made our own choices as to which way we would go, in each area of our lives.

    I’m reading a book that is retelling the story of Pride & Prejudice in letter form.


    1. It is somewhere in Europe…it’s one of my son’s photographs, and he shoots weddings all over Europe, but lives in Berlin.

      Thanks for stopping by, Sandy, and I think I’m going to have to get the book you’re reading, too.


  2. Looks good! I’ve been reading about the fundamentalist movements in the Church and this looks like something I should be reading as well(:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!



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