Good morning, and welcome to our Friday memes, those delightful opportunities to spotlight our books and share them with other bloggers.

Book Beginnings is hosted by A Few More Pages, and all we do is share the opening sentences and tell our thoughts about them.

The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda’s Voice, and here’s how it works:

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56.
*Find any sentence that grabs you.
*Post it.
*Link it here.

My featured book today is Mary Ann in Autumn, by Armistead Maupin.

Here’s a snippet from Amazon:

Mary Ann in Autumn ( Tales of the City ) – Large Print Contributor(s): Maupin, Armistead (Author) Twenty years after leaving her husband and child in San Francisco to pursue a television career in New York City, calamities drive fifty-seven-year-old Mary Ann Singleton to return to the city and her oldest friend as she tries to put her life back together.

Beginning:  There should be a rabbit hole was what she was thinking.  There should be something about this hillside, some lingering sense memory—the view of Alcatraz, say, or the foghorns or the mossy smell of the planks beneath her feet—that would lead her back to her lost wonderland.

Now I’m definitely intrigued.  I want to know more.  And yes, I did post more than one sentence, but I couldn’t help myself!

56:  She nodded slowly, wordlessly, at the mention of the dreaded tourist trap.  “Well,” she said finally.  “That side of town can be lovely.”

This book is an ARC, and therefore the final publication may reflect textual differences.

What did you find this week?  I hope you’ll stop by and share.

18 thoughts on “FRIDAY MEMES: BOOK BEGINNINGS & 56 — DEC. 10

  1. Hi Laurel,

    Wanted to do Friday 56 and Beginnings. I just get “stuck” over here. I slow down. Can’t think. I’m just going to go back to Blogspot. I’m not feeling well today. So, I might end up going no where on any blog. Thanks for being so kind. Love Web ….. excerpt.


  2. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I *really* like that book beginning…the author sounds familiar to me and I’m trying to put my finger on it.

    The author’s writing sounds amazing. I think I’m gonna add this book to my tbr list. Thanks for sharing it!


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