Friday, June 30, 2017

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 an upcoming read, The Woman on the Stairs by Bernhard Schlink.  The excerpts shared are from a hardcover edition borrowed from the library.

 The Woman on the Stairs 

Beginning: Monday, September 21
Perhaps you will see the painting one day.  Long lost, suddenly resurfaced — all the museums will want to display it.

Page 56:  "How would she deal with the picture?  Wasn't it way too heavy?  Was someone helping her?  Who?  Or would she manage to carry it?  Why didn't she trust me?"
My thoughts: The opening piques my interest and invites many questions.  Since I enjoyed Schlink's novel, The Reader when I read it a few years ago, I am eager to sink into another of his stories.
From Goodreads:   For decades the painting was believed to be lost.  But, just as mysteriously as it disappeared, it reappears, an anonymous donation to a gallery in Sydney.  The art world is stunned but so are the three men who loved the woman in the painting, the woman on the stairs.  

One by one they track her down to an isolated cottage in Australia.  Here they must try to untangle the lies and betrayals of their shared past - but time is running out.

The Woman on the Stairs is an intricately-crafted, poignant and beguiling novel about creativity and love, about the effects of time passing and the regrets that haunt us all.


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