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.
Today I'm featuring the opening paragraphs from Ten Beach Road by Wendy Wax, which I borrowed from the library. With 8 inches of snow on the ground from yesterday's storm and two more storms predicted this week, just looking at the cover makes me feel better.
Though she was careful not to show it, Madeline Singer did not fall apart when her youngest child left for college. In the Atlanta suburb where she lived, women wilted all around her. Tears fell. Antidepressants were prescribed.
Her friends, lost and adrift, no longer recognized themselves without children to care for. A collective amnesia descended, wiping out all the memories of teenaged angst and acts of hostility that had preceded their children's departures, much as the remembered pain of childbirth had been washed away once the newborn was placed in their arms.
What do you think? Would you continue reading?
I am ready to escape from the cold, snowy weather outside. Although it hasn't been much warmer in Atlanta, this sounds like it will distract me from the other storms Mother Nature is sending my way later this week.
First Chapter ~ First Paragraph #48 was originally published by Catherine for bookclublibrarian.com. This post cannot be republished without attribution.