Welcome to First Chapter/Intros, hosted by Yvonne @ Socrates Book Reviews. Each week readers post the first paragraph (or 2) of a book we are reading or plan to read soon. This one comes from my (20) Books of Summer list.
Vacationland; Meg Mitchell Moore
William Morrow - 2022
The Greyhound from Altoona, Pennsylvania, to Rockland, Maine takes twelve hours and thirty-three minutes with three stops, all of them where you don't necessarily want to use the bathroom but may find you have no choice. Even so, the first part of the journey isn't too bad--Kristie Turner has two seats to herself. But in New Haven, six hours into the journey, she gains a seat mate in the form of a sixty-something named Bob who wants to talk with Kristie about the granddaughter he is going to meet for the first time, and also about abiding love for Creedence Clearwater Revival. Never mind that the bus left Altoona at eleven at night, so by this point it's five in the morning.
Can't you see I'm tire? Kristie wants to say. Can't you see I'm grieving? But, of course, Bob can't see that. Grief is not something you wear on a vest, like a Brownie patch. She rolls up her sweatshirt to form a pillow and angels her body away from Bob's, falling deeply asleep.
What do you think? Read More or pass?