It's Tuesday . . . time for . . .
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.
Today I'm featuring the opening from a book I got at BEA and will be reading for one of my book clubs . . .
In 1938, the year I was twelve, my hometown of Macedonia, West Virginia, celebrated its sesquicentennial, a word I thought had to do with fruit for the longest time. In school, we commemorated the occasion as we commemorated most occasions, with tableaux, one for each of the major events in Macedonia's history. There weren't many, hardly enough to stretch out across eight grades, but the teachers eked them out the best they could. If it hadn't been for the War Between the States, I don't know what they would have done. When Virginia seceded from the Union, western Virginia got mad and seceded right back into it, all except four little counties, one of them ours, that stuck out their tongues at West Virginia and declared themselves part of the Confederacy, a piece of sass with long consequences in the way of road paving and school desks.
What do you think? Would you continue reading?
The first paragraph isn't particularly engaging, but I'm excited to start reading this book because I loved The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, as did everyone in the two book clubs I read it with. The book synopsis is promising.
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