My Friday Post: Book Beginnings & The Friday 56

Every Friday Book Beginnings on Friday is hosted by Gillion at Rose City Reader where you can share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.

This week I’m featuring one of my library books, Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver.

‘The simplest thing would be to tear it down,’ the man said. ‘ The house is a shambles.’

Barbara Kingsolver, who has been one of my favourite authors ever since I read The Poisonwood Bible and these opening sentences certainly drew me into the book.

Also every Friday there is The Friday 56, hosted by Freda at Freda’s Voice.

Page 56:

Willa’s mother had always promised Tig would ‘settle out’, but she hadn’t survived to see it, and now Willa wondered who among them would live long enough to stop being flabbergasted by the girl.

Set in Vineland, New Jersey, this is a dual timeline novel, about two families living in the same house – one in the present century and the other in the nineteenth.

From Amazon:

Meet Willa Knox, a woman who stands braced against a world which seems to hold little mercy for her and her family – or their old, crumbling house, falling down around them. Willa’s two grown-up children, a new-born grandchild, and her ailing father-in-law have all moved in at a time when life seems at its most precarious. But when Willa discovers that a pioneering female scientist lived on the same street in the 1800s, could this historical connection be enough to save their home from ruin? And can Willa, despite the odds, keep her family together?

9 thoughts on “My Friday Post: Book Beginnings & The Friday 56

  1. I was absolutely blown away by The Poisonwood Bible when I read it for the first time, so I’m definitely adding this one to my list. I can already feel that same atmosphere from the quotes you shared! I hope you enjoy ‘Unsheltered’ and have a lovely weekend 🙂
    Juli @ A Universe in Words

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  2. I can see how that first sentence drew you in, Margaret. And I do like dual timelines when they’re done well. It sounds like a good character study, too, which is also really appealing to me. I hope you’ll really enjoy it.

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  3. I still haven’t read anything by Barbara Kingslover, but The Poisonwood Bible is on my Classics Club challenge. I hope to get to it soon. This one also sounds like a brilliant read.

    Have a good weekend!

    Elza Reads

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