Tuesday, August 13, 2019

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph

It's Tuesday . . . time for . . . 


First Chapter ~ First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, now hosted by Vicki at I'd Rather Be At The Beach, where bloggers post the first paragraph(s) of a book they are currently reading or planning to read sometime soon. 

Today I'm featuring an upcoming read, The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai.  The excerpt shared is from a trade paperback version I purchased.


Twenty miles from here, twenty miles north, the funeral mass was starting.  Yale checked his watch as they walked up Belden.  He said to Charlie, "How empty do you think that church is?"

Charlie said, "Let's not care."

What do you think?  Would you continue reading?
This novel has been nominated for several--and won at least one--major book award.  I heard the author speak at an awards dinner during this year's American Library Association conference in Washington, D.C.  She was mesmerizing, and one of the first things I did when I returned from the conference was buy a copy of this book. 

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  1. I do want to read/listen to this one. I hear it's wonderful so I downloaded the audio.

  2. This is a new to me author. I like the intro so I'd keep reading.

  3. She's new to me, but yes, I'd read on!

    Here's my Tuesday post. Hope you're having a great day so far :)

  4. Now you have piqued my interest. Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

  5. The colorful cover seems at odds with the somber feel of the opening paragraph. I hope you enjoy it.

    Donna @ Girl Who Reads