Tuesday, March 27, 2012

First Paragraph, Tuesday Teaser -- The Gilder

Every Tuesday, Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea posts the first paragraph of her current read. Anyone can join in. Go to Diane's website for the image and share the first paragraph of the current book you are reading.
This week I started The Gilder by Kathryn Kay. The main character, Marina, is a gilder, restoring art work and she spent a year in Florence learning her trade. But now she's a mother, dealing with her teenage daughter. (See, all very similar to my life, except I only spent 3 months in France and I didn't learn to become an artist, but I do have the teenage angst in my life.)After the first chapter, the book jumps into the past, to those days in Florence.
Here's the intro:
It wasn't unusual for soccer practice to run late, but Marina couldn't shake the sense of uneasiness that had hovered all day. From the window, the road was all but invisible under a canopy of gold and russet oaks. Marina strained to see beyond the end of the drive, as if she could conjure Zoe's appearance, but all she saw were leaves spiraling down and tumbling across the lawn into the thorny arms of a rosebush. She checked her watch again and then turned away to stoke the wood stove.

Also this week is Teaser Tuesdays.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
Here's my teaser from page 113:
"Why don't you model for him?" Marina wanted to know.
Sarah snorted and shook her head. "My modeling days are long over. It's not good for our relationship. Besides, he's in love with your neck."

What do you think?


(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Oh yes, this one leaves me curious for more. It is funny how we tend to gravitate toward stories that sometimes resemble our lives in some ways.

Lucia said...

I spent 3 months in Sicily sewing my wild oats...lol.
This story interesting, want to read it. SEeing the name Marina grabbed my attention, that's the mother. Zoe the daughter. My Marina has a friend named Zoe...okay, after I read The Hunger Games it's next! Hope the Library strike will be over soon!

Margot said...

The first chapter gives me the impression that something bad is about to happen. I'd probably keep going to see what's going to happen.
My First Paragraph is here: Quirky Girls Read

Nise' said...

I would keep reading as I like mother/daughter relationships.

Linda said...

Sounds like a good book. I'd probably read it.

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