Tuesday, June 17, 2014

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph #65 and Teaser Tuesdays

It's Tuesday . . . time to share book excerpts with: 
  • First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros hosted by Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea, where bloggers post the first paragraph(s) of a book they are currently reading or planning to read sometime soon.
  • Teaser Tuesdays hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading where bloggers post two (2) random “teaser” sentences--no spoilers allowed--from their current reads to try to entice others to seek out these books.
Today I'm featuring the opening paragraphs and a teaser from Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill, a library book that I finished reading yesterday.  

Dept. of Speculation 


Antelopes have 10x vision, you said.  It was the beginning or close to it.  That means that on a clear night they can see the rings of Saturn.

It was still months before we'd tell each other all our stories.  And even then some seemed too small to bother with.  So why do they come back to me now?  Now, when I'm so weary of all of it.

Teaser:   "How is that even possible?" the philosopher says.  "He's one of the kindest people I've ever met." ~ p. 100

What do you think?  Would you continue reading? 
The story revolves around a married couple, chronicling the ups and downs of their relationship.  After adjusting to characters without names and a mostly stream-of-consciousness narrative style, the 177 pages flew by, hitting their mark.  I am still thinking about these characters and how they navigated the challenges of life and love.

What are you reading now or planning to read soon?

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph #65 and Teaser Tuesdays was originally published by Catherine for bookclublibrarian.com.  This post cannot be republished without attribution.

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