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? Today's pick has been on my wish list since 2011. It takes place in the suburbs of Boston.
"The Palumbo family, beholden to tradition, drives every year into the country on the last weekend before Thanksgiving to buy the turkey. Beyond Lexington, beyond Bedford and Concord, where the country opens up and darkens, there are still farms where large cages hold white, startled birds. "That one, " says Joannie, the little girl, pointing, then runs back to the car, and before she is even inside, she covers her ears against the knowledge her big brother chooses not to protect her from. In the back seat, keeping her company as he's ordered to, Jack repeats it: "They cut off their heads." Already (he is eight), he has mastered a certain smile that will make him, years later, catnip to women. But not now; now he is only Jack, her tormentor" .
What do you think? Would you keep reading?Feel free to join us by linking your First Chapter post below.