First Paragraph: Small Great Things

firstparagraphEvery Tuesday Diane at Bibliophile By the Sea shares the first paragraph of a book currently being read. Feel free to join the fun.

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Believe it or not, this is my very first Jodi Picoult book. I know, all my friends are big fans, but the books have escaped me – until now. And now I see why this author is so popular. There is a great story, but also a good plot. Here’s how it begins:



The miracle happened on West Seventy-fourth Street in the hone where Mama worked. It was a big brownstone encircled by a wrought-iron fence, and overlooking either side of the ornate door were gargoyles, their granite faces carved from my nightmares. They terrified me, so I didn’t mind the fact we always entered through the less-impressive side door, whose keys Mama kept on a ribbon in her purse.

What do you think?

Would you keep reading?

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6 Responses to First Paragraph: Small Great Things

  1. Jodi Picoult is a hit or miss author for me. I haven’t read many of her books, and of the few I’ve read, the one that stood out for me is My Sister’s Keeper. I am planning to read the one you’ve selected at some point. Right now it’s sitting on a lower shelf collecting dust.

  2. Oh, I loved this one. I have enjoyed all of her books so far, although I love some more than others. This was one I loved. Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog.

  3. I really used to enjoy Jodi Picoult until they began to feel a little formulaic but I decided to try this one and enjoyed it hugely.

  4. Diane says:

    Oh wow, this was a favorite Picot for me. Hope you enjoy it.

  5. Yvonne says:

    I love Jodi Picoult’s books, even though I haven’t read any in awhile. I definitely want to read this one.

  6. Colletta says:

    Hmm… I don’t think I’ve read anything by this author. Enjoy!


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