Tuesday, November 19, 2013

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph #40


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 Instructions for a Heatwave by Maggie O'Farrell, which I recently borrowed from the library.

 Instructions for a Heatwave  

15 July 1976

Highbury, London

The heat, the heat.  It wakes Gretta just after dawn, propelling her from the bed and down the stairs.  It inhabits the house like a guest who has outstayed his welcome: it lies along corridors, it circles around curtains, it lolls heavily on sofas and chairs.  The air in the kitchen is like a solid entity filling the space, pushing Gretta down into the floor, against the side of the table.

Only she would choose to bake bread in such weather.

What do you think?  Would you continue reading?   This book came highly recommended by other bloggers and I had quite a long wait for a copy from the library.  Now that I have started it, my first impression is that this is one of those addictive reads. The story opens in London during a drought, and what starts out as a fairly routine day for Gretta Riordan turns out to to be anything but ordinary as the chapters unfold. 

What are you reading?

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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph #40 was originally published by Catherine for bookclublibrarian.com. This post cannot be republished without attribution.

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