Every Tuesday I host First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros where I share the first paragraph sometimes two from a book I am reading or thinking about reading soon.
The New Neighbor; Leah Stewart
Touchstone - 2015
Signs of Life
"Where before there was no one, suddenly I, Margaret Riley, have a neighbor. I went out on the back deck this morning, and there she was. Across the pond, sitting on her own back deck. I was startled. That house had been empty a long time. My first impulse was to go back inside, as if I'd come upon something shameful, or embarrassed myself. As if I were out there naked, which of course I wasn't, and even if I had been she was too far away to see. But I am braver than that. I put my coffee cup on the table, as usual, and then I went back inside for my book, which is by P/D. James, a remarkable woman, as ancient as I am and still creating mysteries. I have to make two trips because I need one hand for the cane. Sometimes I try to manage cane and book and coffee all at once, and the result is always coffee stains, or burns, or at the very least a wet book and a diminished cup of coffee. Every morning I am frustrated anew by the need to make two trips. Impatience and age are not compatible."
What do you think -- keep reading or pass?
(Feel free to join in this week by posting your intro below?