Tuesday, October 27, 2015

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros - The Mare; Mary Gaitskill


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 Mare; Mary Gaitskill
Pantheon - Nov 2015
Velvet

"That day I woke up from a dream the way I always woke up; pressed against my mom's back, my face against her and her turned away.  She holding Dante and he holding her, his head in her breasts wrapped around each other like they're falling down a hole.  It was okay.  I was an eleven-year-old girl and I didn't need to have my face in my mom's titty no more, that is if I ever did.  Dante, my little brother, was only six.

It was summer, the air-conditioner was up too high, dripping dirty water on the floor, outside the pan I put there to catch it.  Too loud too, but still I heard a shot from outside or maybe a shout from my dream; I was dreaming about my grandfather from DR, he was lost in a dark place, like a castle with a lot of rooms and rich white people doing scary things in all of them, and my grandfather somewhere shouting my name.  Or maybe it was a shot.  I sat up and listened, but there wasn't anything."

What do you think -- keep reading or pass? 
(Feel free to join in this week by posting your intro below?



28 comments:

  1. I like stories with opening lines like these....where it is hard to tell dream life from real life, and I definitely want to know more.

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  2. I like the opening, Diane. I love novels like this and hope you end up liking it.

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    1. I hope so as well Wendy. I still have a couple of books to finish, but this will be up after that.

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  3. The intro is engaging and the cover is intriguing--I'd read more!

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  4. I find the cover interesting, but not the opening paragraphs. I'll pass. I do hope you have an enjoyable read.

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    1. I think the cover is creepy actually, but the story sounds good.

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  5. I'm not so sure about this one but I do hope you enjoy it!

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    1. Cleo, I'm going in very optimistic. I love the sound of the story.

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  6. Diane, I think I'd have to keep going with this one! Definitely intrigued; I want to know about these rich white people and more about the environment of this little girl. Thanks for sharing this one and for hosting the link up!

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    1. I don't think I've ever read a book with roots in the Dominican Republic, so I'm anxious to try this one.

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  7. I was drawn into this straight away so would carry on I think, though it's not my normal type of book.

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  8. I like this one! Sounds like the story could end up being a bit gritty, which I love, and I'm curious to see where it goes.

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  9. The cover seems a little creepy, but I've read one of Gaitskill's earlier novels and the writing was superb. I'd give this a chance, too. Enjoy!

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  10. Between the cover and the excerpt, I'm not sure what to think about the book. Girl Who Reads

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  11. Not crazy about the cover, but I like the opening. It makes me want to keep reading!

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  12. I wonder if this one will end up sad or uplifting. I would probably keep reading. The cover is a bit weird and I wonder how it relates to the story?

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  13. Sounds very gritty...I'd have to be in a certain mood to continue reading.

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  14. I like the way the author described that fuzzy feeling between dreaming and waking. I'd keep reading to find out more about this family.
    Thank you for hosting.

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  15. Interesting. I hope you enjoy your read! :D

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  16. Just going on the title alone, it wouldn't be for me. I've never been much for horse stories. That being said, the teaser is interesting. I'm on the fence. LOL

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  17. I'm definitely intrigued by the writing. Is it an adult book or a teen book? Hope you like it.

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  18. This book is one of my most anticipated releases. The pre-reviews are raving about it, and I really like the first paragraph and the whole premise. I definitely think you should continue reading!

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  19. Sounds like a great start to an epic family story.

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  20. I would keep reading. I am intrigued by the cover.

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