Thursday, August 18, 2016

Friday Focus: The Friday 56 & Book Beginnings

It's Friday . . . time to share book excerpts with:
  • Book Beginnings on Fridays hosted by Rose City Reader, where bloggers share the first sentence or more of a current read, as well as initial thoughts about the sentence(s), impressions of the book, or anything else that the opening inspires.  
  • The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice, where you grab a book and turn to page 56 (or 56% of an ebook), find one or more interesting sentences (no spoilers), and post them.
Today I'm featuring If I Forget You by Thomas Christopher Greene.  The excerpts shared are from the hardcover I borrowed from the library.


Beginning:  Henry, 2012

On the kind of beautiful spring day where no one expects anything of significance to happen, Henry Gold, a poet who teaches at NYU, finishes class and decides to do something he has not done in years: walk a good length of the city to his apartment.

Page 56:  "Henry knows who Margot Fuller is.  He knows her before he ever sees her."

My thoughts:  The cover of the book is what made me select it.  The buildings depicted, owned by New York University, are located on Washington Square North directly across the street from Washington Square Park and its iconic arch. These townhouses are occupied by several of the university's professional schools, and my office was in one of these buildings when I worked for NYU.  I guess I was feeling a bit nostalgic when I saw this book on a shelf in the library.


From Goodreads:  Two former lovers reconnect in this beautiful and haunting tale of great lost love from the critically acclaimed author of The Headmaster's Wife.

Twenty-one years after they were driven apart by circumstances beyond their control, two former lovers have a chance encounter on a Manhattan street. What follows is a tense, suspenseful exploration of the many facets of enduring love. Told from altering points of view through time, If I Forget You tells the story of Henry Gold, a poet whose rise from poverty embodies the American dream, and Margot Fuller, the daughter of a prominent, wealthy family, and their unlikely, star-crossed love affair, complete with the secrets they carry when they find each other for the second time.

Written in lyrical prose, If I Forget You is at once a great love story, a novel of marriage, manners, and family, a meditation on the nature of art, a moving elegy to what it means to love and to lose, and how the choices we make can change our lives forever.

Which book are you reading now or about to start? 

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