Tuesday, November 11, 2014

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph #82 and Teaser Tuesdays

   It's Tuesday . . . time to share book excerpts with:
  • First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros hosted by Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea, where bloggers post the first paragraph(s) of a book they are currently reading or planning to read sometime soon.
  • Teaser Tuesdays hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading, where bloggers post two (2) random “teaser” sentences--no spoilers allowed--to try to entice others to seek out these books.
Today I'm featuring the opening paragraph and a teaser from one of my next reads, Mermaids in Paradise by Lydia Millet, a book I recently borrowed from the library:

Mermaids in Paradise  

I.  Newlyweds

Chip picked out the destination for our honeymoon.  He'd always wanted to take a cruise, just like Middle Americans.  Middle Americans love cruises, Chip said ardently.  Chip's a romantic when it comes to the people of the Midwest, and also those dwelling along the Rocky Mountain front, the landlocked parts of the South, things like the Dakota area or what have you.  Those places are somewhat mythic to Chip.  He has what I suspect is a fanciful idea: people that live away from New York or L.A., D.C. or San Francisco, maybe in a pinch Boston or even Seattle--those people are modern-day pioneers.
Teaser:  "This is your honeymoon, I told myself.  Try not to think of the fat tragedy."
~ p. 62

What do you think?  Would you continue reading? 

What are you reading now or planning to read soon?
First Chapter ~ First Paragraph #82 and Teaser Tuesdays was originally published by Catherine for bookclublibrarian.com.  This post cannot be republished without attribution.

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