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.
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous; Ocean Vuong
Penguin Audio - 2019
Let me begin again,
I'm writing to reach you--even if each word I put down is one word further from where you are. I am writing to go back to the time, at the rest stop in Virginia, when you stared, horrorstruck, at the taxidermy buck hung over the soda machine by the restrooms, its antlers shadowing your face. In the car, you kept shaking your head. "I don't understand why they would do that. Can't they see it's a corpse? A corpse should go away, not get stuck forever like that."
What do you think, pass or read more? (I actually started this audio about a week ago and also have the eGalley. The writing is beautiful, poetic really, but it's also a very depressing story overall, so I'm taking it slow - almost done.