Tuesday, May 9, 2017

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros - The Book of Polly; Kathy Hepinstall


Every Tuesday I host First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros sharing the first paragraph, maybe two, of a book that I'm reading or plan to read soon.  (I started this book last night and I am loving it thus far).


The Book of Polly; Kathy Hepinstall
Pamela Dorman Books / Viking 2017

"I'm not sure at what young age I became frozen with the knowledge, certainty, and horror that my mother would die one day.  Spared the passing of my father, the Captain, by my status as a fetus, I was cowering in the womb when my mother found my father dead in his chair.

Polly told me the story when I was old enough to hear it.  She was smoking a cigarette, a habit I feared and detested.  One of my earliest memories was reaching up and trying to snatch a cigarette from her lips.  Even then I knew my enemy.  But she was too fast for me, and by the time I heard the story of my father's death I'd mostly given up trying.  So I just sat watching the trail of smoke.  The Captain was once a navy man, you know that. Anyway, he got this wooden lobster from the Philippines when he met Ferdinand Marcos--another story--but when he died the lobster was sitting there in his lap.  I guess he'd taken it down from the wall to admire it just before the stroke got him.  And that's what happens when you die.  It's no more complicated than that, if you're lucky."


Would you read more or pass on this one?

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32 comments:

  1. I'd give it a go--I like stories about mother/daughter relationships.

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  2. Yes, definitely one I want to read.

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    1. Reminds me of Joshilyn Jackson's work - quirky characters.

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  3. I love the cover although I think I'd need to read a bit more to be sure whether I wanted to go on...

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  4. I'd like to read a bit more. Its just not grabbing my attention.

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    1. If you like quirky characters, this one is for you.

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  5. Maybe - it's a bit quirky and I'd read a bit more before deciding whether to carry on.

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    1. Reminds me of Joshilyn Jackson's work - quirky characters.

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  6. I have this sitting on my shelf waiting for me!

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  7. I am curious now... I'd certainly like to read more. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Maybe, but I'll watch for your review!

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    1. Reminds me of Joshilyn Jackson's work - quirky characters.

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  9. This has painted a picture in my head I like but I'm not sure on the writing saying that. Am on the fence so, like Mary, will wait for your review.

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  10. It didn't really grab me, but I do want to see what you have to say in your review before I dismiss it.

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    1. Reminds me of Joshilyn Jackson's work if you've read her books - quirky characters.

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  11. I'd pass on this one. Polly sounds a piece of work!

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  12. That's a little strange for me.

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  13. I've been hearing good things about this one! I would keep reading. I hope you are having a good week, Diane.

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    1. Thanks Wendy. Reminds me of Joshilyn Jackson's work if you've read her books - quirky characters.

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  14. This book is new to me. It does sound interesting. I'm glad you're enjoying it so far, Diane!

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  15. This would be a book I most definitely would read. I was pulled right in, just reading the two paragraphs.

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  16. This opening makes me curious, so I would keep reading this one!

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  17. I like the voices of the narrator and of Polly.

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  18. I seem to have missed your post and found this on another blog. The book sounds intriguing and I will watch for your review.

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