Tuesday, June 25, 2013

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph #19 and Tuesday Teaser


First Chapter ~ First Paragraph Tuesday Intros is a weekly meme hosted by Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea. It's an opportunity to share the first paragraphs of a book I am currently reading or planning to read sometime soon.

This week I'm featuring the opening paragraphs from my current read, The Violets of March by Sarah Jio, an ebook I borrowed from my local library.

Read on after the intro for my Tuesday Teaser.

 The Violets of March: A Novel
  Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Publication Date:  April 26, 2011 (ebook version)
Chapter 1
"'I guess this is it,' Joel said, leaning into the doorway of our apartment.  His eyes darted as if he was trying to memorize every detail of the turn-of-the-century New York two-story, the one we'd bought together five years ago and renovated--in happier times.  It was a sight: the entryway with its delicate arch, the old mantel we'd found at an antique store in Connecticut and carted home like treasure, and the richness of the dining room walls.  We'd agonized about the paint color but finally settled on Morocco Red, a shade that was both wistful and jarring, a little like our marriage.  Once it was on the walls, he thought it was too orange.  I thought it was just right."
What do you think?  Would you continue reading?  I learned about author Sarah Jio several months ago after seeing her mentioned on another blogger's website.  Curiosity peaked, I requested a copy of The Violets of March, Jio's first book, which I am enjoying.  I had the good fortune of meeting Jio at BEA last month, and came away with two additional (signed) copies of her novels, The Last Camellia and Morning Glory (which will be published later this year).
Teaser Tuesdays, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading, is a weekly event where bloggers open to a random page and share a teaser from somewhere on that page--no spoilers allowed.
Here's my teaser from The Violets of March by Sarah Jio:
"'The scene of our demise played out in my mind like a tragic movie, the way it had a million times since we'd been separated.  It opened on a rainy Monday morning in November.'" ~p.11
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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph #19 and Tuesday Teaser was originally published by Catherine for bookclublibrarian.com. This post cannot be republished without attribution.

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