Diane at Bibliophile By the Sea asks us to share the first paragraph of a book we are reading. As you can see it’s called First Chapter, First Paragraph Tuesday Intros. As readers we are often captivated or turned away by that first paragraph or two. Let’s see what you think about the first paragraph of my current read.
I’m reading this lovely novel by Beth Kephart. She has such a beautiful way of using her words and phrases, and her characters feel so real. In the first paragraph she is setting up the setting for the story:
My house is a storybook house. A huff-and-a-puff-and-they’ll-blow-it-down house. The roof is soft; it’s tumbled. There are bushes growing tall past the sills. A single sprouted tree leans in from high above the cracked slate path, torpedoing acorns to the ground.
Splat and crack. Another acorn to the ground.
What do you think? Does the author’s use of language intrigue you?