Tuesday, February 25, 2014

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros ~ Still Life With Bread Crumbs; Anna Quindlen


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 released last month and I just picked up from the library.

2014 - Random House

NO OUTLETS

"A few minutes after two in the morning Rebecca Winter woke to the sound of a gunshot and sat up in bed.

Well, to be completely accurate, she had no idea what time it was. When she had moved to the ramshackle cottage in a hollow halfway up the mountain, it had taken her two days to realize that there was a worrisome soft spot in the kitchen floor, a loose step out to the backyard, and not one electrical outlet in the entire bedroom.  She stood, turning in a circle, her old alarm clock in her hand trailing its useless tail of a cord, as though, like some magic spell, a few rotations and some muttered curses would lead to a place to plug it in.  Like much of what constituted Rebecca's life at that moment, the clock had been with her far past the time when it was current or useful."
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What do you think? Would you keep reading?
Feel free to join us by linking your First Chapter post below.

22 comments:

  1. I've heard good things about this book, and based on the intro you shared, I would keep reading. I haven't read a book by Quindlin before, which seems a crime given how popular her books are.

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  2. I don't know the book, but the opening certainly draws you in, the author goes straight in with 'an event' happening so you want to continue to see what this gunshot was all about and also why did Rebecca move halfway up the mountains.

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  3. I have this one coming from the library. I will read absolutely anything Anna Quindlin writes. I read her syndicated column in the newspaper for years and I do miss those. But, her novels are wonderful too. Your first paragraph is a nice teaser for me. Thanks Diane.

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  4. I am yet to pick a book by Quindlen. This one sounds nice from its intro...

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  5. The only Quindlen I read was so so. This sounds different and interesting

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  6. I am currently reading this book. So far, so good. I hope you enjoy it!

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  7. I definitely would keep going. I read this author before and really liked her work.

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  8. I keep seeing this book everywhere and thinking I should read it, but the plot summary doesn't pique my interest. However, I love the first paragraph! I'd keep reading...

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  9. I enjoy Quindlen's fiction almost as much as her nonfiction... can't wait to read this book!

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  10. This is a very intriguing opening. I would read on to see what happens.

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  11. I'm reading the same book. Enjoying it so far. Here's Mine

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  12. Great opener! I loved this book....thanks for sharing.

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  13. Great choice. I can't wait to get my hands on this one. Waiting on a copy from the library.

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  14. The first sentence grabs you! I would keep reading.

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  15. The first sentence got my interest too. The following sentences lost it for me.

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  16. Wow! that reaches out and grabs the reader--I need the book now. Thanks for stopping by. kelley—the road goes ever ever on

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  17. What an opening! (I need to do this meme.) This book is popular right now.

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  18. Ramshackle cottages halfway up mountains? Sounds like half the houses around these parts! :O) Participating in the link-up for the first time. Found you through "Socrates' Book Reviews" and am a new subscriber .

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  19. Ooo, I want this book! Love the opening.

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  20. I read this one last month and was quite pleased. I love Quindlen's novels, as well as her nonfiction works.

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  21. I love Anna Quindlen, but I haven't read her for awhile.

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  22. I really like Anna Quindlen and have been wanting to read more of her lately and this is now pushing its way to the top of my list.

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