Every 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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I am very excited about reading this book. I read the whole series of Lara Ingalls Wilder’s Little House books and read them to my children. I had lots of questions about various aspects of the life on the prairie as I read the books. Now this book, Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser, brings us a look at the whole life of Laura. Here’s how the story begins:
On a spring day in April of 1924, Laura Ingalls Wilder, a fifty-seven-year-old farm wife in the Missouri Ozarks, received a telegram from South Dakota. Her mother, Caroline Ingalls, had just died. Wilder hadn’t seen her for more than twenty years.
A few weeks later, still reeling, she wrote a brief note to be published in place of her regular column in a farm newspaper. Every woman in the world who has lost her mother will recognize the retrospective shadow of sorrow, regret, and crippling nostalgia that the news cast across her life. “Some of us have received such messages,” she said flatly. “Those who have not, one day will.”
What do you think?
Would you keep reading?