Welcome to First Chapter/Intros, now hosted by Yvonne @ Socrates Book Reviews. Each week readers post the first paragraph (or 2) of a book they are reading or that they plan to read soon.
My Grandmother's Braid; Alina Bronsky
Europa - 2021
'I can remember the exact moment Grandfather fell in love. In my eyes, he was ancient--already over fifty--and his new, delicate secret hit me with a wave of admiration tempered by schadenfreude. Up to then I'd always thought that I was my grandparents' only problem.
I sensed that Grandmother wasn't supposed to know about it. She's already threatened to kill him for far less offenses, like when he crumbled bread during dinner."
The intro made me smile. I already love the narrator from the brief paragraph above and, I can't wait to read more. What do you think? I hope to start this one today.
BTW - I had to look up: Definition of schadenfreude enjoyment obtained from the troubles of others.
This week I'm featuring a second new book that has me somewhat curious:
The Push; Ashley Audrain
Pamela Dorman Books and Penguin Audio - 2021
"It is often said that the first sound we hear in the womb is our mother's heartbeat. Actually, the first sound to vibrate our newly developed hearing apparatus is the pulse of our mother's blood through her veins and arteries. We vibrate to that primordial rhythm even before we have ears to hear. Before we were conceived, we existed in part as an egg in our mother's ovary. All the eggs a woman will ever carry form in her ovaries while she is a four-month-old fetus in the womb of her mother. This means our cellular life as an egg begins in the womb of our grandmother. Each of us spent five months in our grandmother's womb and she in turn formed within the womb of her grandmother. We vibrate to the rhythms of our mother's blood before she herself is born."
(Layne Redmond, When the Drummers Were Women)
(I just started the audio version, read by Marin Ireland, and am enjoying it thus far.)