Tuesday, July 8, 2014

First Chapter First Paragraph ~ Tuesday Intros - The Marrying of Chani Kaufman; Eve Harris

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's pick is a book from my summer reading pick list.

2014 - Black Cat Press
Chapter 1
Chani. Baruch.
November 2008 - London

"The bride a stood like a pillar of salt, rigid under layers of itchy petticoats.  Sweat dripped down the hollow of her back and collected in pools under her arms staining the ivory silk.  She edged closer to The Bedeken Room door, one ear pressed up against it.

She heard the men singing. Their shouts of 'lai-lai-lai!' rolled down the dusty synagogue corridor.  They were coming for her.  This was it. This was her day. The day her real life started.  She was nineteen and had never held a boy's hand.  The only man to touch her had been her father and his physical affection had dwindled since her body had curved and ripened."
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What do you think? Would you keep reading? 

Feel free to join us by linking your First Chapter post below

20 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing this new to me book and author. Hope you are enjoying it.

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  2. This one does sound good...thanks for sharing.

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  3. I'd read on a bit to see if there is something that will grab my interest.

    Enjoy!
    :)

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  4. This could be good. I'd keep reading.

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  5. I wonder why she's never held a boy's hand. Great opener and I'm curious to read on.

    Kay

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  6. That this is a modern story adds to its interest, but I'm not sure that this would be for me.

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  7. I'm not sure this is up my alley, but I hope you enjoy it!

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  8. Not sure about this one,but you've tempted me to go read the summary - enjoy!

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  9. Yes, I would read it, although already I felt bad for the bride getting sweat on her gown! LOL

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  10. I haven't read enough books about Jewish culture and this one sounds like a good one! I'd definitely keep reading because I hope she ends up happy!
    Thanks for hosting :)
    Juli @ Universe in Words

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  11. Not sure if this would be for me. I would read on to see.

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  12. I would assume she is a member of a very conservative sect of her religion in which her marriage is arranged, so this could be interesting. Then again, just by that opener, I don't know what genre this story will fall into. I'm curious.

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  13. I would probably read a bit more and then decide.

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  14. That dress doesn't sound very comfortable! The intro sounds interesting. I would keep reading.

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  15. Actually this sounds like something I would really like--it has a historical feel to it, but the 2008 dateline belies that. Intriguing.

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  16. It sounds interesting, I'd keep going. Thanks for coming by today. kelley—the road goes ever ever on

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  17. What a fantastic opening paragraph! It already tells me a lot about her but then it draws me in for more at the same time. I'd keep reading this one.

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  18. That opening paragraph is really fascinating! I would read more...definitely!

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  19. Hi Diane,

    The lines are so descriptive that you can almost smell the sweat and fear emanating from the woman, surely most brides are not that nervous on their wedding day?

    I am a bit torn on this one, as based on those opening lines I would definitely carry on reading. However if you then factored in that I would presumably have access to the synopsis, this isn't a book that I would probably choose to read, although I am intrigued by the fact that Judaism appears to support what amounts to arranged marriages, as this is something I never knew.

    Thanks for sharing and I hope that you enjoy this book.

    Yvonne

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  20. I don;t know if I'd want to keep reading. I'll have to see what you think!

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