First Paragraph: The Chaperone
I’ve been listening, off and on, to a beautifully written The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty and read by Elizabeth McGovern. I have saved listening to this book for the times I can just sit under a tree and devote myself to it. No multi-tasking on this audiobook. Here’s the first paragraph. Tell me what you think.
“The first time Cora heard the name Louise Brooks, she was parked outside the Wichita Library in a Model-T Ford, waiting for the rain to stop. If Cora had Been alone, unencumbered, she might have made a dash across the lawn and up the library’s stone steps, but she and her friend Viola Hammond had spent he morning going door-to-door in their neighborhood, collecting books for the new children’s room, and the considerable fruits of their efforts were safe and dry in four crates in the backseat. The storm, they decided, would be a short one, and they couldn’t risk the books getting wet.”
What do you think? Would you keep reading?
As readers we are often captivated or turned away by the first paragraph or two of a book. 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. Visit Diane to read more First Paragraphs.