Tuesday, October 14, 2014

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros - How to Be a Good Wife; Emma Chapman


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.


How To Be a Good Wife; Emma Chapman
St. Martin's Press - 2013
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"Today, somehow, I am a smoker.

I did not know this about myself. As far as I can remember, I have never smoked before.

It feels unnatural, ill-fitting, for a woman of my age: a wife, a mother with a grown-up son, to sit in the middle of the day with a cigarette between her fingers.  Hector hates smoking.  He always coughs sharply when we walk behind someone smoking on the street, and I imagine his vocal cords rubbing together, moist and pink like chicken flesh."
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What do you think?

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46 comments:

  1. I loved this book! Great opening lines...hope you enjoy it.

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  2. I'm wondering why she didn't know she was a smoker. She doesn't seem to have amnesia because she remembers Hector. I'm intrigued and would keep reading to find out more.
    Thank you for hosting every Tuesday.

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    1. Sandra, Happy you join us each week. I am curious about this one myself -haven't started it yet.

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  3. Hmmm, I am intrigued and want to know a bit more. Glad to see Laurel loved it.

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    1. It does make me curious - hope to start it tomorrow.

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  4. I loved this one too. Really good psychological suspense.

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    1. cat -- it seems to be quite popular, can't wait to read it.

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  5. The opening makes me want to know more. I wonder why she is suddenly smoking and whatever else there is to know.

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    1. That is a mystery I hope to find out soon. I thought the intro was great.

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  6. It is quite an unusual opening. Why is this non-smoker smoking? Sounds like an interesting book!

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    1. I know, I'm thinking STRESS, but since I haven't started it yet, I can't say for sure.

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  7. This is a great opening to a book I have in my sights and it makes me want to find out more!

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  8. I started this one and then got distracted -- it was good, but I put it down and forget to read more. I need to find it and finish it.

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  9. Love the intro for this one...and am a little curious about the premise of the book based on the title. I'm imagining some 1950's housewife type of thing. I need to look it up on Goodreads...regardless, I'd keep reading!

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    1. Not sure Sarah, all I can say ay this point is that intro was enough to make me want to read it --soon I hope.

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  10. Might sound strange, but some days I find that out about myself as well. Those kind of days creep up on you ;) This sounds like a really interesting book although I just watched Gone Girl and now I'm a bit suspicious of marriage... Thanks for hosting :) Hope you have a good day!
    Juli @ Universe in Words

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    1. Juli --- I hope those days are few and far between :)

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  11. A great intro! This book is already on my wish list... can't wait to hear your opinion.

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    1. I have to finish another book first, but I'm curios for sure.

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  12. That's certainly an intriguing opening. I'd want to know more.

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  13. The beginning is interesting. Since the information on Amazon mentions that that this book is in the tradition of S.J. Watson's Before I Go to Sleep (which I really liked), I'd have to keep reading! Looking forward to your review!

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    1. Oh, I missed that comparison to Before I Go to Sleep.

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  14. I am unsure. I haven't read any other thoughts on this book, except those above. When I when to see what Amazon said, I was still unsure. I have not read Room or Before I Go to Sleep. It might be too creepy for me. I'll wait and see what you think.

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    1. This doesn't seem like it'll be creepy, but who knows:}

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  15. Interesting opening, I think she has suffered a memory problem.

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  16. I would also like to know more!

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  17. I like the intro. :-) It's funny too because I reached a part in one of my current books this morning in which the main character picks up a cigarette to smoke despite never smoking before--because it seems to be the thing to do. Your intro took me back to that moment. Funny coincidence. :-)

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  18. I really enjoyed this book with the controversial ending. Hope you like it!

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  19. This one keeps catching m eye but I haven't picked it up yet.

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  20. So why s she smoking now I wonder. Taking part in my first Tuesday Intros :)

    Chippy

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  21. Sounds like how I felt about smoking when I did.... glad I quit almost 7 years ago and never looked back.
    I like how far the beginning pulled me in... bet it is a great read!

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  22. I would want to know why she started too!

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  23. Good for you Freda! My daughter quit about 4 years ago. I was so proud of her as I never thought she could do it.

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  24. Hmmm. the starting the smoke paired with the title and I think some bad things are going on. Girl Who Reads

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  25. that sounds like it could be interesting. I want to know more about the woman and why she has taken up smoking. thanks for stopping by. Have a nice week! kelley—the road goes ever ever on

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  26. It's a strange opening, but I like it! I got this book from NetGalley ages ago, and unfortunately I haven't had a chance to read it. Soon!

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