Welcome to First Chapter/Intros, hosted by Yvonne @ Socrates Book Reviews. Each week readers post the first paragraph (or 2) of a book we are reading or plan to read soon. This week I selected (2) books I will be reading - both release today.
The Way We Weren't; Phoebe Fox
Berkley - November 9, 2021
First Chapter First Paragraph(s) Intro
It's his hands that let her know everything is going to be okay after all.
Sitting close beside her on the stands, bare but for the two of them with practice having ended almost two hours ago, his empty glove forgotten at his feet, he cradles her hand in his, one hand wrapped firmly around her fingers as if anchoring her to the metal surface currently freezing her butt, the other cupped over it like a baby bird he shelters from the cold bite of the March air.
Today is release day for this book: An unlikely friendship between a septuagenarian and a younger woman becomes a story of broken trust, lost love, and the unexpected blooming of hope against the longest odds.
What do you think? Isn't the cover art lovely? I hope to begin reading it later this week. I loved the author's previous book: A Little Bit of Grace.
The Writer's Cats; Muriel Barbery (Ill. Maria Guitart)
Europa Editions - 11/9/2021
First of all, let me make one thing clear: we like our writer. She's kind. She never forgets when it's time for our meal. She doesn't scream when she sees a dead mouse. She tosses bottle corks to us (our favorite game at aperitif time) while she's drinking wine (which is not infrequent). She take us to the vet the minute we fart out of tune. We really do like her. But enough is enough.
I'll tell you straight: without us, our writer would not be the writer she is. I don't know if she'd be worse or better, but she'd be different, that's all. Why? Because even if we can't speak, we are peerless literary advisors.
"How can a cat claim to be a literary advisor?" you might wonder (and rightfully so). I shall explain.
(This book is just 80 pages with lots of cat wisdom to ponder and some cute illustrations to boot.)