Tuesday, May 01, 2012

First Paragraph, Tuesday Teaser -- Underground Time

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.
I've been having bad luck with books lately, so by meandering around a bookshop, I found Underground Time by Delphine de Vigan. So far I'm loving it. Mathilde, a single mother of three boys, is being bullied by her boss at work, yet she forces herself through the crowds of the Metro each day to support her boys. Thibault gets up the nerve to break up with the woman who he loves but can never love him. They both are sleepwalking through "a lonesome city... But what if these two could save each other?" the book jacket asks. So far, I'm thoroughly engaged. Here's the intro:

The voice cuts through her sleep and hovers on the surface. The woman is stroking some playing cards which are face down on the table. She repeats several times with conviction: "On the twentieth of May your life will change."

 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 9:

It would be enough to see them anywhere, in Toulouse, Barcelona or Paris, in any city at all, him stumbling on the paving stones and tripping over the kerb, unbalanced, caught out.

At times like these she says: "God, you're so clumsy!"

Then he'd like to say no. He'd like to say: "Before I met you I was an eagle, I was a bird of prey. Before I met you I flew above the streets and didn't bump into anything. Before I met you I was strong."

I've gotta get back to the book.


(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Oh yes, yes, yes, I'd need to know more, but that grabs me to read on.

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

How fascinating! I love the opener...and the teasers are enticing. Thanks for sharing.


Nise' said...

I hope it turns out to be a great read for you! I would keep reading.

JoAnn said...

I'm glad your streak of bad luck with books is over - this sounds good to me, too!

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