Monday, August 9, 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 another book club selection, A Pho Love Story by Loan Le. The excerpt shared is from an eBook version borrowed from the library.

First Chapter:  Bao

Hoisin sauce is not paint.

We need a sign that says that, because our customers don't get it. Today's latest work is a misshapen star on the wall. A five out of ten, if you ask me. The kid's parent probably did a double take, snatched the bottle away, then paid the check and left before Me could notice. To be honest, it's not like the sauce makes our wall look worse; it's just hard to wipe off when it dries. But I try, I really do--sometimes. Maybe.

What do you think?  Would you continue reading? 

Bao and Linh are the teenage children of Vietnamese immigrants who work in their families' competing pho restaurants, located on opposite sides of the same street. Other than an encounter in a temple when they were much younger, their paths have seldom crossed, even though they attend the same school.  A recent encounter, however, has the potential to bring them closer together in a meaningful way--if they can overcome the objections of their families.

This First Chapter~First Paragraph post was originally composed and/or compiled by Catherine for the Book Club Librarian blog. 
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  1. This one piques my interest. Thanks for sharing, and here's mine: “THE NECKLACE”

  2. I haven't heard of this one before, but it sounds like a good one.

  3. I haven't come across this one before but I'm curious. Sounds like it could be a really interesting read.