Tuesday, February 25, 2014

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph #51

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 paragraph from The Wife, The Maid, and The Mistress by Ariel Lawhon, which I borrowed from the library.

 The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress: A Novel  

We begin in a bar.  We will end here as well, but that is more than you need to know at the moment.  For now, a woman sits in a corner booth waiting to give her confession.  But her party is late, and without an audience, she looks small and alone, like an invalid in an oversize church pew.  It's not so easy for her, this truth telling, and she strains against it.  A single strand of pearls, brittle and yellowed with age, rests against the flat plane of her chest.  She rolls them between her fingers as though counting the beads on a rosary.  Stella Crater has avoided this confession for thirty-nine years.  The same number of years she has been coming to this bar. 

What do you think?  Would you continue reading?
The art deco cover of the book and the opening paragraph have me completely spellbound.  I can hardly wait for Stella Crater's confession to unfold.

What are you reading now or planning to read soon?
First Chapter ~ First Paragraph #51 was originally published by Catherine for bookclublibrarian.com.  This post cannot be republished without attribution.

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