It's Tuesday . . . time for . . .
Today I'm featuring an upcoming read, Closer Than You Know by Brad Parks. The excerpt shared is from the large print version I borrowed from the library.
He was dressed in his best suit, the one he usually reserved for funerals.
She wore pearls. It made her feel more maternal.
Arm in arm, they walked up a concrete path toward Shenandoah Valley Social Services, whose offices filled a cheerless metal-sided building. There was no landscaping, no ornamentation, no attempt to make the environs more inviting. As an agency of county government, Social Services had neither the budget nor the inclination for such gilding. Its clientele was not there by choice.
What do you think? Would you continue reading?
The first thing that strikes me is the difference in the descriptions of the couple's outfits and the place they are headed to. I wonder who these people are, who seem to take such care in their appearance and why they are going to a apparently run-down, impersonal Social Services office. Perhaps they are down on their luck. I imagine they want to make a good impression.
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