I am also posting daily for NaBloPoMo (check it out!), and the theme is “family connections,” which my book today will spotlight.
For our beginnings, we excerpt opening line(s) and mention our reactions to them.
For Friday 56:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56.
*Find any sentence that grabs you.
*Link it here.
So, here we go!
Today’s book has been on my stacks for a long while, but I first enjoyed this author many years ago in an Oprah pick. Billie Letts brings us another promising story in Made in the USA.
Here’s a tidbit from Amazon:
Letts’s tale of two children who set out on a voyage to find their father after his hefty ex-girlfriend, the children’s guardian, falls dead in a Wal-Mart, is a moving coming-of-age tale. Cassandra Morris is amazingly strong in her delivery, giving a tremendous performance in which her fresh voice is perfectly suited for 15-year old Lutie. Her reading is clear and well paced, and her habit of rushing her words at times serves as an endearing character trait; she can do no wrong here. Her performance is a genuine one that will move audiences with its honesty and passion….
Beginnings: Lutie McFee struggled into the too tight red, sleeveless turtleneck, smoothed it across her ribs, then checked herself out in the mirror of the Wal-Mart dressing room.
From this beginning, I have an image of a young person trying hard to make a good impression, but knowing the odds may be against her.
56: “How do you know we aren’t here because of the police? How do you know this isn’t a setup, that we’re not wearing a wire?
So…now I’m really eager to dive into this one, and wondering why I left it to languish on my stacks all this time.
What did you find today? I hope you’ll pop on over and share.