Tuesday, October 24, 2017

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros - Ties; Domenico Starnone

Every Tuesday I host First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros sharing the first paragraph, maybe two, of a book that I'm reading or plan to read soon.  

Europa Editions - 2017

Chapter One

"In case it's slipped your mind, Dear Sir, let me remind you: I am your wife. I know that this once pleased you and that now, suddenly, it chafes.  I know you pretend that I don't exist, and that I never existed, because you don't want to look bad in front of the highbrow people you frequent.  I know that leading an orderly life, having to come home in time for dinner, sleeping with me instead of whomever you want, makes you feel like an idiot.  I know you're ashamed to say: look I was married on October 11th, 1962, at twenty-two, I said: I do in front of the priest in a church in the Stella neighborhood, and I did it for love, nothing forced me into it; look, I have certain responsibilities, and if you people don't know what it means to have responsibilities you're petty.  I know, believe me, I know.  But whether you like it or not, the fact remains, I am your wife and you are my husband.  We've been married for twelve years--twelve years in October--and we have two children.  Sandro, born in 1965,  and Anna, born in 1969.  Do I need to show you their birth certificates to shake some sense into you?"

Does this intro make you curious for more?

Please feel free to join in each Tuesday with your own "First Chapter, First Paragraph Intro" by linking your post from the book you are reading below. 


  1. Fascinating! I wonder what happened to lead up to that rant? LOL

    1. I'm enjoying the writing - one part from wife's POV and one part from husband's POV.

  2. Well someone sounds more than a little angry - I wonder if it was a slow burn that got her to that point?

  3. Mmm - that's telling him. Will it work though...?

  4. I am curious. Seems he has lost his memory, and I enjoy books with this theme for a plot.

  5. What a great opening paragraph! I'd read on for that alone, but I also love books published by Europa.

  6. I'd keep reading just to find out what he did to make her so upset.

  7. Good opening. It makes me curious enough to want to keep reading and find out the husband's side of the story. Kind of sad, so far.

  8. Yes! I have read many great novels published by Europa, especially the Elena Ferrante quartet.

  9. This makes me very curious! Quite a bite, there!


  10. That is a great book beginning. It makes me want to know more about the relationship. I would read more.

  11. I would definitely keep reading!! I'm intrigued and the writing seems to be quite good. Keep us posted!


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