Tuesday, December 23, 2014

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros - The Affairs of Others; Amy Grace Loyd


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.

The Affairs of Other; Amy Grace Loyd
Picador - 2013
HOPE

"The body of a woman aging.  It's a landscape that, even as it vanishes, asks a lot of the eyes.  Or it should.  No two landscapes the same.  They never were the same, no matter their age, but then how time brings details to the body.

Of course every woman's body ages. What's distorting is how friendly it all starts out, with words like smooth and tight and firm, high and pink and wet--words that are given to women's bodies and that they wear around, as comfortably as cotton.  And why not?  These are gifts they did little to earn.  Life does this so rarely--offer unearned or unasked-for rewards.  But inevitably the words fall away, one by one:  There goes tight, there goes smooth, god even wet.  And the words that replace them, that are provisioned, are not nearly so welcome or easy to carry.  Some women carry these new ways of addressing their bodies with pride. They'll explain that the knots in their flesh tell a good story.  Others celebrate the change of vernacular, the end of a certain kind of surveillance.  Or they continue to pursue the first set of words--high, tight, smooth.  It's not wrong or it's not for me to say.  Who am I to say? I am a young or youngish woman.  I am in my late middle thirties, though I could be twenty-five or fifty.  I believe I have no age anymore.  I am not unattractive but neither am I beautiful.  I married a man I first met in college and again later, a few years after graduation.  My husband died a difficult death.  I went with him, or a lot of me did.  I cannot apologize for this nor do I wish to challenge that I am changed."


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What do you think, would you keep reading? Feel free to join in and post the Intro from one of your reads by linking below.

 

30 comments:

  1. This one sounds like a book I'd enjoy. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I like the writing on that intro for sure. Hope the rest is as good.

      Have a nice Christmas Laurel.

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  2. After reading the intro, I can't help wondering how old the author is . . .

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    1. I wondered that as well Catherine. She was an editor for Playboy magazine..LOL and looks like shes in her mid 40s

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  3. I remember when this came out from Picador. Hope you enjoy it.

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  4. I don't know - this might make me think too much about my own body's landscape, about which I would rather NOT think! LOL

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    1. Jill, HOW do you not think about it at our age?? LOL

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  5. I really like that opening... can't wait to hear what you think!

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    1. I'm anxious to read it just so preoccupied right now.

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  6. really an interesting passage. I hope you're enjoying the reading, Diane. Anyway, merry christmas for you and your family :)

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    1. Thanks Deasy, and hope you have a wonderful Christmas as well.

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  7. I wouldn't continue on since I didn't get through the second paragraph.

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    1. Hey Brian, different strokes for different folks...right?

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  8. Wow, I was immediately taken in. I am in the minority so far here in the comment section. Must be that my own personal landscape has so drastically changed. So good, so definitely not so good. I would read on.

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  9. I can relate so I would keep reading. The cover grabs my attention as well. Merry Christmas.

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  10. This is very fitting with what I've been feeling lately. LOL Or rather thinking about. I would keep reading.

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  11. Sounds like it will be a powerful read.

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  12. Sounds like a good read. That intro makes me want to read more.

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  13. Very thought provoking and beautifully worded. I would read it. Would love to read it.

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    1. It's wordy, but well written. Hope the rest is as good.

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  14. Hopefully, this one stay as interesting as the intro!

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  15. Sounds interesting. Cover interesting as well.

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  16. I have to echo Jill's comment—this made me WAY too body-conscious!

    Merry Christmas Eve! :)

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  17. I'm not sure if this would validate my current thoughts about my aging body or just make me unhappy. It does sound intriguing, though! Keep us posted!

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