Tuesday, October 22, 2013

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph #36


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 paragraph(s) of a book I am currently reading or planning to read sometime soon.

This week I'm featuring the opening paragraphs from Letters from Skye by Jessica Brockmole, which I recently borrowed from the New York Public Library.

 Letters from Skye  

Chapter One



Urbana, Illinois, U.S.A.
March 5, 1912

Dear Madam,

I hope you won't think me forward, but I wanted to write to express my admiration for your book, From an Eagle's Aerie.  I'll admit, I'm not usually a guy for poetry.  More often, I can be found with a dog-eared copy of Huck Finn or something else involving mortal peril and escape.  But something in your poems touched me more than anything has in years.

I've been in the hospital, and your little book cheered me better than the nurses.  Especially the nurse with the mustache like my uncle Phil's .  She's also touched me more than anything has in years, though in a much less exciting way.  Generally I'm pestering the doctors to let me up and about so I can go back to my plotting.  Just last week I painted the dean's horse blue, and I had hoped to bestow the same on his terrier.  But with your book in hand, I'm content to stay as long as they keep bringing the orange Jell-O.

. . . 

What do you think?  Would you continue reading?  This debut novel is told in letter format, spanning two continents and two world wars.  I'm looking forward to reading this story because it puts me in mind of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, a favorite past read.

Enjoy life with books . . .

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