First Paragraph: The Burgess Boys
I’m in the world of Elizabeth Strout this week. Yesterday I shared her prize-winning Olive Kitteridge and later this week I’ll share The Burgess Boys with you. To give you a little taste of this thoroughly engaging novel, here’s the first paragraph:
My mother and I talked a lot about the Burgess family. “The Burgess kids,” she called them. We talked about them mostly on the telephone, because I lived in New York and she lived in Maine. But we talked about them also when I visited her and stayed in the hotel nearby. My mother had not been in many hotels, and it became one of our favorite things: to sit in a room–the green walls stenciled with a strip of pink roses–and speak of the past, those who had left Shirley Falls, those who had stayed. “Been thinking about those Burgess kids,” she’d say, pulling back the curtain and looking toward the birch trees.
What do you think? Would you keep reading?
Thanks to Diane at Bibliophile By the Sea for hosting The First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros. I enjoy focusing on the first paragraph of various books in my own readings and that of fellow bloggers. To learn more, visit Diane.