Monday, March 22, 2021

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 my current read, His Only Wife by Peace Adzo Medie.  The excerpt shared is from an advance reader electronic copy I received from the publisher.

His Only Wife

First Chapter:  Elikem married me in absentia; he did not come to our wedding. The ceremony was held on the third Saturday in January in the rectangular courtyard of my Uncle Pious's house, which was bordered by two-roomed apartments and a wooden gate that opened onto a busy footpath. Our relatives, stirring with equal measures of happiness, but for different reasons, sat opposite one another on rented plastic chairs that were neatly arranged in rows that filled the courtyard. The partly walled kitchen had been scrubbed and cleared of the cast-iron coal pots, on which my uncle's wives prepared the evening meal, and of the enamel basins that they used for washing and storing dishes. My uncle's sitting room chairs, upholstered with a carpet-like fabric and polished so that the chocolate-brown wooden frames glistened, were also brought outdoors and comprised the front row where the elders of each family would sit.


What do you think?  Would you continue reading? 

The first sentence is an attention grabber that raises so many questions, especially given the book title.  The descriptions in the rest of the paragraph paint a vivid picture of the wedding venue and build anticipation for the wedding ceremony. I am reading this novel for a book club at work that I'll be joining for the first time, and look forward to reading and discussing this book.


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  1. I love the writing descriptive. That intro really drew me in. Hope you enjoy it.

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  2. I am very curious and definitely want to know more! Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

  3. It sounds like an interesting one. I'd want to keep reading.

  4. His only wife is an intruiging book title! I'd like this too.

    Here's mine for today. Have a great week!

  5. I love the writing style and this one has me curious.

  6. That first sentence is a great way to open the story. And, yes, I'd definitely keep reading to find out why/what led to the marriage.