Tuesday, March 19, 2013

First Paragraph, Tuesday Teaser -- Flight Behavior

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 finally have a chance to get to some books I've been wanting to read. This week I'm starting Flight Behavior by Barabara Kingsolver. I'll read anything by Kingsolver, but I enjoy some of her books more than others.
Here's the opening:
A certain feeling comes from throwing  your good life away, and it is one part rapture. Or so it seemed for now to a woman with flame-colored hair who marched uphill to meet her demise. Innocence was no part of this. She knew her own recklessness and marvelled, really, at how one hard little flint of thrill could outweigh the  pillowy, suffocating aftermath of a long disgrace. The shame and loss would infect her children too, that was the worst of it, in a town where everyone knew them. Even the teenage cashiers at the grocery would take an edge with her after this, clicking painted fingernails on the counter while she wrote her check, eyeing the oatmeal and frozen peas of an unhinged family and exhanging looks with the bag boy: She's that one. How they admired their own steadfast lives. Right up to the day when hope in all its versions went out of stock, including the crummy discount brands, and the heart had just one instruction left: run. Like a hunted animal, or a racehorse, winning or losing felt exactly alike at this stage, with the same coursing of blood and shortness of breath. She smoked too much, that was another mortification to throw in with the others. But she had cast her lot. Plenty of people took this way out, looking future damage in the eye and naming it something else. Now it was her turn. She could claim the tightness in her chest and call it bliss, rather than the same breathlessness she could be feeling at home right now while toting a heavy laundry basket, behaving like a sensible mother of two.


Also this week is Teaser Tuesdays. Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Open to a random page of your current read and share a teaser sentence from somewhere on that page. BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! 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 mine from page 16:
She could save herself. Herself and her children with their soft cheeks and milky breath who believed in what they had, even if their whole goodness and mercy was a mother distracted out of her mind. It was not too late to undo this mess. Walk down the mountain, pick up those kids. The burning trees were put here to save her.

10 comments:

Kathy Martin said...

This certainly sounds like an intense read. I hope you are enjoying it. Check out my teasers for Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza and Rage Against the Dying by Becky Masterman. Happy reading!

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Wow, I'm now totally wrapped up in wondering what horrific thing has changed the lives of this family...and what the mother will do next.

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Catherine Healey said...

I've been wanting to read your choice, but haven't gotten around to it. One of my all time favorite books is Kingsolver's The Poisonwood Bible.

Here's my post: http://www.bookclublibrarian.com/2013/03/first-chapter-first-paragraph-5-and.html

kelley jensen said...

Sounds good, I’d keep reading. kelley—the road goes ever ever on

Sim Carter said...

Oh yeah, this sounds amazing! I'm hooked.

Nise' said...

I want to read this one too. I am a fan of the author.

Sandy Nachlinger said...

I read this book and loved it. Barbara Kingsolver's writing kept me entranced.
My Teaser is from THE MONDAY NIGHT NEEDLEWORK & MURDER GUILD.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

I loved that intro and I am hoping you enjoy this book as much as I did.

wordsandpeace.com said...

I enjoyed this book a lot. here is my review: http://wordsandpeace.com/2012/10/29/2012-55-review-flight-behavior/

Staci said...

I have been wanting to read this one!

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