Tuesday, February 26, 2013

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph Tuesday Intros #2

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph Tuesday Intros is a weekly meme hosted by Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea.  The idea is to share the first paragraph or two of a book I am currently reading or planning to read sometime soon.

This week I'm featuring the first paragraphs of The Lion Is In by Delia Ephron, a book I received from the publisher that I'm looking forward to reading soon-ish.

Delia Ephron is a bestselling author and screenwriter known for her humorous take on life.  Her works include the novels, The Girl With the Mermaid Hair and Hanging Up; and the films, You've Got Mail, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, and Hanging Up (based on her novel).

 The Lion Is In
 Published by Blue Rider Press/Penguin Group, 2012

Chapter 1
"Three hours south of Baltimore.  Six p.m. or so.  June third.

Two young women stand by the side of a rural two-lane highway.  They are not sure what the road is or where it goes.  In a frenzy, they left the interstate at a random exit, took one turn and then another.  They are heading south, not intentionally.

They are pretty enough to stop traffic, although there isn't any to stop.  Lana is wearing ripped jeans, a T-shirt, and those flat plastic shoes called jellies.  Tracee is in a wedding dress and veil.  She has been crying for several hours and has run out of tears.  Now she is simply sniffling and her nose is red.  Her dress and shoes don't match but no one can see that because her strapless gown is floor-length, a grogeous swath of satin, beading, and lace.  Even though she keeps the hem off the ground--clutching and hoisting the sides to bunch it around her hips--her copious ruffled underskirt hides black platform sandals.

Their car, an old Mustang, has a flat."

What do you think?  Would you keep reading?  I'm in--just need to figure out when.

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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph Tuesday Intros #2 was originally published by Catherine for bookclublibrarian.com. This post cannot be republished without express written consent.


  1. You had me at "Ephron." I've loved each of the writing sisters...and this one is going on my list.

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

    1. Thanks for stopping by. I couldn't agree with you more about the Ephron sisters...such talent!

      Have a great week!

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  3. This definitely sounds like fun. I'm putting it on my list. Here's Mine

  4. It sounds like a fun little book. I'd probably give it a try. kelley—the road goes ever ever on

  5. Thanks for the feedback, Kelley, and for visiting my blog!

  6. Oh yes, this sounds like a good one. Hope I'm right. Thanks for joining us this week.

  7. LOL. I had the same thought as Laurel!

  8. Doesn't really grab me, but I loved You've Got Mail. Thanks for visiting!

  9. Doesn't really sound like my cup of tea, but the back cover could just make me change my mind. Thanks for visiting!