First Paragraph: If You Lived Here I’d Know Your Name

Diane at Bibliophile By the Sea asks us to share the first paragraph of a book we are reading. As you can see it’s called First Chapter, First Paragraph Tuesday Intros. As readers we are often captivated or turned away by that first paragraph or two. Let’s see what you think about the first paragraph of my current read.

Even after the first few chapters of If You Lived Here I’d Know Your Name I was really loving this book. I completely connected with the author, Heather Linde. Her account of life in small-town Alaska, is incredible. Here’s the first paragraph:

It was just us and the small Haines clinic staff eighteen years ago when I had our second daughter, Sarah. Dr. Jones had the day off, so Dr. Feldman was in charge. Some people called him the “hippie doctor.” He lived on his boat and had a beard. He’d also graduated from Johns Hopkins Medical School. I liked him. The worst blizzard in a decade raged outside. Inside, I was pushing. I had started at one in the afternoon. Two hours later I was still at it. I pushed and breathed and pushed and breathed and pushed some more. Then I gave up. “I can’t do this,” I said. Chip got pale, Mary, the nurse, who had been a friend just moments earlier, snapped, “Of course you can.” Dr. Feldman was even firmer. He said that the only way this baby was coming out today or, for that matter, any day, was if I made it happen. He was deadly serious.

 What do you think?

Would you keep reading?

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