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I’ve been rereading Anne Perry’s William Monk mysteries. I know they’re not on my reading list, nor are they connected to my bookclub (I’m supposed to be reading Adam Levin’s The Instructions currently), but when life is stressful, I don’t pick up a 1000-page book (Levin) or a Russian novel (Crime & Punishment, from my own list)* — I turn to one of my old favourites. Plus, these Victorian mysteries count as research for a project I’m working on.

Besides creating great characters set in well-detailed historical settings, Perry is good at selecting just the right word at the right time. Her writing isn’t necessarily “high-class” literature, but I often find myself noting a particular word she chose.

Such was the case with this one: nascent. What a word! And so spring-like, too.

nas·cent (adjective)

  • from Latin nascēns present participle of nāscī to be born
  • beginning to exist or develop; coming into existence; emerging.
  • of or relating to the state of a chemical element at the moment
    it is set free from one of its compounds.
  • synonyms: budding, blossoming, burgeoning, bursting forth,
    fledgling, sprouting


When I was searching for quotes that used nascent, they tended to be about philosophy or art history, as if it were only fit for research writing. I was pleased to finally find one writer who saw its poetic potential —

Dave Eggers, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius:

We are the bright new stars born of a screaming black hole,
the nascent suns burst from the darkness, from the grasping
void of space that fold and swallows — a darkness that would
devour anyone not as strong as we.

Wow. I’ve heard of Eggers before, but not yet read any of his books. But, for that quote alone, I think I need to remedy that.

Any Dave Egger’s suggestions? Any comments on this book of his?

*I still plan to read my 2013 list and will eventually tackle Levin’s 1000-page book, just not this week. :)

Kindle-editions available here: William Monk mysteries, The InstructionsCrime & Punishment, and A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius.←

» Read previous {word wednesday} posts: Bedeck, Bedizen & Festoon YourselfFillip, anyone?No Name Calling HereSaints & MilksopsDo you funk fluffles? and more…

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Bet Mercer is a poet-photographer who writes at Gimme Some Reads and Everyday Poetry. She loves quotes, reading her favourite books over again, great conversation, laughter, trees, films, and travelling the world. Follow along with Bet on Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Flickr, Etsy and Google+.

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