It happens that I an going through a period of great unhappiness and loss just now.This is a novel about an author. Here's the synopsis of the book:
Reta Winters, 44-year-old successful author of lightsummertime fiction, has always considered herself happy, even blessed. That is, until her oldest daughter Norah mysteriously drops out of college to become a panhandler on a Toronto street corner — silent, with a sign around her neck bearing the word "Goodness."Because she's a writer, I can even share a second "book beginning" this week, the one dreamed up by the main character in the book. Here's a quote from early in the book (p. 15):
I'm going to write a second novel, a sequel to My Thyme Is Up. Today is the day I intend to begin. The first sentence is already tapped into my computer: "Alicia was not as happy as she deserved to be."So which "first sentence" intrigues you most, the one by Carol Shields? Or the one by her book's protagonist?
Gilion at Rose City Reader hosts Book Beginnings on Fridays. Click here for today's Mister Linky.