Tuesday, January 28, 2014

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph Tuesday Intros - Clever Girl; Tess Hadley


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 is a book that releases in March.

"MY MOTHER AND I LIVED ALONE.  My father was supposed to be dead, and I only found out years later that he'd left, walked out when I was eighteen months old.  I should have guessed this -- should have seen the signs, or the absence of them.  Why hadn't we kept any of his things to treasure?  Why whenever he came up in conversation, which was hardly ever, did my mother's face tighten, not in grief or regret but in disapproval -- the same expression she had if she tasted food or drink she didn't like (she was fussy, we both were fussy, fussy together)?  Why did none of our relatives or friends ever mention his name? (Which was Bert, unpoetically.) What had he died of, exactly? ('Lungs,' my mother said shortly. She has hated his smoking.)"
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What do you think? Would you keep reading? Feel free to join us by linking your First Chapter post below.

26 comments:

  1. Yes, that sounds like something I would like to read. I also like the title and the cover, makes you wonder what it is all about actually.

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  2. Yes, I'm curious to learn if the narrator is the clever girl in the title. Happy reading!
    :)

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  3. I read about this book in another book blog too and I am interested to read it....

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  4. I'm not quite sure yet, so I'd read a little more before I decided.

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  5. The opening paragraph has me interested... I'd like to read more. Enjoy, Diane.

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  6. I really liked the intro you posted - the I read Amazon's summary and was totally confused by it! I'll be interested to see what you think as you get farther in...

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  7. This intro sounds like some other books. I'll wait to see what you think. Here's Mine

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  8. It flows really well and was a good hook I think. Thanks Diane.

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  9. I'd read a bit more. Not quite sure of the yet.

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  10. Ooh, that has interested me! I would definitely keep reading!

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  11. Great intro...I loved this book! Hope you do, too.

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  12. Love the intro...I'd continue on. Enjoy!

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  13. This sounds really good. I would definitely keep going.

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  14. Sounds like it will be an emotional read.

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  15. I would keep reading, Diane. This sounds so good!

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  16. Based on that intro I would keep reading. It hooks the reader and makes you wonder what happened in the family.

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  17. oh yes, I want to know what happened.

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  18. This sounds good, and I'm happy about that because I'm reviewing this book so I will be reading it. I read another of Tess Hadley's books and liked it. Great choice! I hope you enjoy it.

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  19. Mmm, I think I'd keep going for a bit more. Hope it works for you.

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  20. You do have to wonder why and how she discovered that fact!

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  21. I like how it begins! I would keep reading.

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  22. It sounds like such a tragedy, to have to live under such a facade for no matter how short a time.

    I guess I have a tender spot for this subject as my son's father died when he was only six. Not sure I could read this one. xo

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  23. I hadn't heard of this book. Yeah, I'd like to know a little more.

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  24. coming in late . . . not sure, I think I'd rather read about the cat.

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  25. interesting beginning, enjoy your book and thanks for stopping by.

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