As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I am trying to be more selective with my books lately, hoping to read MOSTLY books I'll truly love. I've begun selecting what I read next, by whether the first paragraph grabs me. I know this isn't very scientific and I risk passing over some good books in the process, but for now, this is my book selection method.
Every Tuesday, I'll be posting the opening paragraph (maybe two) of my current read. Last week's choice was Disturbing the Peace; Richard Yates (no review yet; I liked it, but did not love it).'
This week's pick is Faith, by Jennifer Haigh. Liked the first paragraph, and enjoyed her earlier book: The Condition as well.
(Harper Collins-5/11/2011)Here goes.....
"Here is the story my mother has never told me. It is a day she's relived a thousand times, the twenty-first of June, 1951, the longest day of that or any year. A day that still hasn't ended, as some part of her still paces that dark apartment in Jamaica Plain, waiting. I imagine the curtains closed against the five o'clock sun, hot and bright as midday; her baby boy peacefully asleep; her young self with nothing to do but wander from room to room, still filled with her dead mother-in-law's things."
Would you read this book based on that first paragraph? Please feel free to join in, First Chapter~First Paragraph~Tuesday Intros.