Tuesday, June 11, 2019

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros - Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls; T. Kira Madden

Each Tuesday, Vicki, from I’d Rather Be At The Beach hosts First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros where  readers post the opening paragraph (sometime two) of a book they are reading or that they plan to read. 

Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls: a memoir; T. Kira Madden
Bloomsbury Publishing - 2019

PART 1 - The Feels of Love

Uncle Nuke

"My mother rescued a mannequin from the J.C. Penney dump when I was two years old.  He was a full-bodied jewelry mannequin: fancy, distinguished.  Those were the the words she used.  Her father, my grandfather, worked the counter day and night, slinked antique chains and strands of jade across velvet placemats, and felt the mannequin did no work for his numbers; he's pau--done.  Grandfather said this with both elbows bent, a chopping motion.  The mannequin would have to go."

I love a good memoir and this one is getting excellent reviews - what do you think? Would you read more?


  1. Hi Diane!

    I am curious about the mennequin, and wonder if it's a big part of the story? A really unusual start to a book!

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  2. Maybe a bit more to see where it goes.

  3. There are two (in)famous mannequins in our family stories, Betty and Antonio, so I'm already hooked! LOL!

  4. That's an interesting beginning for sure! Ha!

  5. I received this book my Nervous Breakdown Book Club subscription and listened to the author's interview on the Otherppl podcast. I will definitely be reading it.

  6. That's definitely a nice hook to open with...I'd read on.

  7. I'm curious about the mannequin. I hope you enjoy the book. See what MK is featuring at Girl Who Reads

  8. I would keep reading. The mannequin drew me in because when I was 3 or 4 I saw my first one and was fascinated with it. I still check them out if the store I'm in has them. I've seen some scary ones, some funny, and some that looked sad. I also like the family theme and would hope it continues throughout the book.

  9. Oooh...good start! I am definitely intrigued by the mother, the grandfather...and the mannequin, of course!

    Hadn't heard of this one yet, so thanks!


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