Tuesday, October 6, 2020

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros - Fresh Water for Flowers; Valerie Perrin


Welcome to First Chapter/Intros, now hosted by Yvonne @ Socrates Book ReviewsEach week readers post the first paragraph (or 2) of a book they are reading or that they plan to read soon.

Fresh Water for Flowers; Valerie Perrin 

Europa - 2020

When we miss one person, everywhere becomes deserted.

My closest neighbors don't quake in their boots. They have no worries, don't fall in love, don't bite their nails, don't believe in chance, make no promises, or noise, don't have social security, don't cry, don't search for their keys, their glasses, the remote control, their children, happiness.

They don't read, don't pay taxes, don't go on diets, don't have preferences, don't change their minds, don't make their beds, don't smoke, don't write lists, don't count to ten before speaking, They have no one to stand in for them.

Their not ass-kissers, ambitious, groudge-bearers, dandies, petty, generous, jealous, scruffy, clean, awesome, funny, addicted, stingy, cheerful, crafty, violent, lovers, whiners, hypocrites, gentle, tough, feeble, nasty, liars, thieves, gamblers, strivers, idlers, believers, perverts, optimists.

They are dead.

The only difference between them is in the wood of their coffins: oak, pine or mahogany."

What do you think? I'm really enjoying this one (90 pages in). 


  1. Wow! That is chilling. Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

  2. I just (less than ten minutes ago!) saw this on the list of best books of the year from Blue Willow Bookshop, an independent bookstore here in Houston. They raved about this book, and I added it to my wish list.

  3. That might be pretty interesting and I have a feeling it isn't about flowers!

  4. Lovely cover and profound prose. Sounds like a thought-provoking book.

  5. Oh, I would keep reading! Glad you're enjoying it, so far.

  6. That's an interesting opening. I'm curious what the book is about.

  7. Wow, what an intro that is. I'm definitely intrigued and would keep reading.

  8. Clever beginning...I would be reading on for sure.

  9. This book's new to me! It sounds chilling.

  10. Sounds interesting! Have a fabulous weekend!


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