Every Tuesday I host First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, where I share the first paragraph or (a few) of a book I am reading or thinking about reading soon. Care to join us?
This week I'm featuring an intro from,The Panopticon, by Jenni Fagan.
"It's an unmarked car. Tinted windows, vanilla air freshener. The cuffs are sore on my wrists but not tight enough to mark them--their tae smart for that. The policeman stares at me in the rearview mirror. This village is just speed bumps, and a river, and cottages with window blinds sagging like droopy eyelids. The fields are strange. Too long. The sky is huge.
I should be playing the birthday game, but I cannae, not while there's witnesses around. The birthday game has to be played in secret--or the experiment will find out. What I need to do right now is memorize the number stickered inside the back window. It's 75999.43. I close my eyes and say it in my head over and over. Open my eyes and get it right the first time."
[tae ? cannae?] - Scottish for too and cannot I'm guessing??
What do you think? Would you keep reading?
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