Monday, December 7, 2020

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph

It's Tuesday . . . time for . . . 

. . . First Chapter ~ First Paragraph Tuesday Intros . . . now hosted by Yvonne at Socrates' Book Reviews, where bloggers share excerpts from a book they have read, are currently reading, or are planning to read.

Today I'm featuring an upcoming read, The Margot Affair by Sanae Lemoine.  The excerpt shared is from a digital copy of the novel borrowed from the library.


First Chapter:  Onstage my mother was her truest self.  I would see the transformation within moments, a slow-building intimacy between herself and the audience.  Mid-scene she would remove her shirt with the ease of a man, as if taking off a pair of socks.  Then she would hold her red curls with both hands and life them high enough to expose the length of her neck, jut out her elbows and accentuate the slope of her shoulders.  She could be whomever she wanted.  In her one-woman shows she would address the audience as though they were old friends.  I could feel her effect on them as they tilted forward, eyes wide, their pores opening in her presence.  She carried this effortless familiarity out into the world.  With strangers, she was joyful and gracious.  She dazzled.  In other words, she was a true actress.


What do you think?  Would you continue reading?

I like the description of the actress and her craft.  I am eager to delve in further and discover what all the buzz around this book is about.

Have you read it?  Please share your thoughts if you have.

This First Chapter~First Paragraph post was originally composed and/or compiled by Catherine for the Book Club Librarian blog.  It cannot be republished without attribution.    



  1. What a vivid opening, I'd definitely read more. This one is new to me - enjoy.

  2. What a fascinating character! Great excerpt. Thanks for sharing, and here's mine: “GOODNIGHT BEAUTIFUL”

  3. I would keep reading! Will have to add this one to my TBR list

  4. Very descriptive and pulls you right into the story.

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