Tuesday, January 28, 2020

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros - Olive, Again; Elizabeth Strout


Each Tuesday, Vicki, from 
I’d Rather Be At The Beach hosts First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros where readers post the opening paragraph(s) of a book that they are reading or plan to read. Here's my pick for this week:

Olive, Again; Elizabeth Strout
Random House - 2019

Arrested

"In the early afternoon on a Saturday in June, Jack Kennison put on his sunglasses, got into his sports car with the top down, strapped the seatbelt over his shoulder and across his large stomach, and drove to Portland--almost an hour away--to buy a gallon of whiskey rather than bump into Olive Kitteridge at the grocery store in Crosby, Maine,  Or even that other woman he had seen twice in the story as he stood holding his whiskey while she talked about the weather.  The weather. That woman--he could not remember her name--was a widow as well."

I loved Olive Kitteridge, the first book of this series, and, I must say this follow-up is just wonderful as well -- so far. The audio is great as well. I'm really into the story so far.

16 comments:

  1. I haven't yet read the original Olive Kitteridge, but saw the mini-series a while ago. I keep meaning to read that first book.

    Enjoy!

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  2. I still have not read the first book. I really need to get a copy!

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  3. Good choice, Diane. The opening drew me in immediately.

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  4. Hmmm, wonder where this is heading, have to read on!

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  5. I read the first book and am thinking about listening to this one.

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  6. I borrowed the first book from the library on CD but had to return it before I got to listen to it. I plan on borrowing it again sometime and then getting a copy of Olive, Again.

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  7. I'm so glad to hear it's another winner. Now to decide whether to get it from Audible or buy a print edition.

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  8. I haven't heard of this or the first book, but I like the intro. It sounds like something I would do to avoid people. lol. See what book I'm featuring at Girl Who Reads

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  9. I, too, loved the first "Olive" book and this one. Read it last year. Olive is such a wonderful character.

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  10. Love the opening. I've had this one on hold at my library for a couple of weeks now but the line is moving very, very slowly.

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  11. I just put a hold on it with the state's downloadable books library. I did so love the first book. I went back to see if I had written about it, and I did - going on 11 years ago. I couldn't believe it.
    Thanks for posting this. Don't we all "hide" to avoid meeting someone in the store. haha

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  12. I completely forgot that Olive lives in Maine! Now I want to reread Olive Kitteridge and then Olive Again before July.

    Loved the opening paragraph—sucked me right in!

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  13. I did not get on well with Olive in the first book, so I will pass.

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  14. Olive Kitteridge is a wonderful book isn't it? So glad to hear the sequel is just as delightful. I do have it on my kindle but just trying to finish a few in progress books and then hopefully I'll get to it.

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