Tuesday, October 21, 2014

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph #79 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--to try to entice others to seek out these books.
Today I'm featuring the opening paragraph and a teaser from my next book club read, Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok.

Girl in Translation  


I was born with a talent.  Not for dance, or comedy, or anything so delightful.  I've always had a knack for school.  Everything that was taught there, I could learn: quickly and without too much effort.  It was as if school were a vast machine and I a cog perfectly formed to fit in it.  This is not to say that my education was always easy for me.  When Ma and I moved to the U.S., I spoke only a few words of English, and for a very long time, I struggled.

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A sheet of melting ice lay over the concrete.  I watched my rubber boots closely, the way the toes slid on the ice, the way the heels splintered it.  Ice was something I had known only in the form of small pieces in red bean drinks.  This ice was wild ice, ice that defied streets and buildings.

Teaser:  "Every single kid at my old school had been openly envious when they heard we were moving to the U.S.  It was difficult for anyone to escape from Hong Kong before its scheduled return from British to Communist Chinese rule in 1997." ~ p. 12

What do you think?  Would you continue reading? 

What are you reading now or planning to read soon?
First Chapter ~ First Paragraph #79 and Teaser Tuesdays was originally published by Catherine for bookclublibrarian.com.  This post cannot be republished without attribution.


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