It's Tuesday . . . time for . . .
Today I'm featuring a current read, The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett. The excerpt shared is from an eBook version of the novel borrowed from the library.
First Chapter: The morning one of the lost twins returned to Mallard, Lou LeBon ran to the diner to break the news, and even now, many years later, everyone remembers the shock of sweaty Lou pushing through the glass doors, chest heaving, neckline darkened with his own effort. The barely awake customers clamored around him, ten or so, although more would lie and say that they'd been there too, if only to pretend that this once, they'd witnessed something truly exciting. In that little farm town, nothing surprising ever happened, not since the Vignes twins had disappeared. But that morning in April 1968, on his way to work, Lou spotted Desiree Vignes walking along Partridge Road, carrying a small leather suitcase. She looked exactly the same as when she'd left at sixteen--still light, her skin the color of sand barely wet. Her hipless body reminding him of a branch caught in a strong breeze. She was hurrying, her head bent, and--Lou paused here, a bit of a showman--she was holding the hand of a girl, seven or eight, and black as tar.
What do you think? Would you continue reading?
The descriptive first paragraph very nicely sets the scene of the story to unfold. I'm only a few chapters in, but can already tell that this novel will provide lots to discuss in an upcoming book club meeting.
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