Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Tuesday Meme: The Moon Sisters

Every Tuesday Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea hosts First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, where you can share the first paragraph, or a few, of a book you are reading or thinking about reading soon.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along!

Today I am spotlighting The Moon Sisters by Therese Walsh.

This mesmerizing coming-of-age novel, with its sheen of near-magical realism, is a moving tale of family and the power of stories.

After their mother’s probable suicide, sisters Olivia and Jazz take steps to move on with their lives. Jazz, logical and forward-thinking, decides to get a new job, but spirited, strong-willed Olivia—who can see sounds, taste words, and smell sights—is determined to travel to the remote setting of their mother’s unfinished novel to lay her spirit properly to rest.

Already resentful of Olivia’s foolish quest and her family’s insistence upon her involvement, Jazz is further aggravated when they run into trouble along the way and Olivia latches to a worldly train-hopper who warns he shouldn’t be trusted. As they near their destination, the tension builds between the two sisters, each hiding something from the other, until they are finally forced to face everything between them and decide what is really important.

Opening Paragraph
    The night before the worst day of my life, I dreamed teh sun went dark and ice cracked every mirror in the house, but I didn’t take it for a warning.
    The day itself seemed like any other Tuesday at the start. Papa made pancakes, then went to the bakery to prepare for deliveries with Babka. My sister, Jazz, followed behind him shortly after that. Even though it was one of the coldest stretches we’d had that February, I chose a button-down shirt from the pile of clothes on the floor of my room instead of my wool pullover, because I planned to see Stan.

My Teaser
    I plunged my fork into the lemon meringue, then took a bite. It might’ve been the best pie I ever tasted. It tasted, I thought, like second chances.
page 46

So...what do you think? Is this one you would pick up? Leave a comment below!
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  1. Ooooh, love that dessert!

  2. I've heard great things about this book - looking forward to your full review!

    Here's Mine: http://www.sarahsbookshelves.com/fiction/first-chapter-first-paragraph-tuesday-intros-art-hearing-heartbeats-jan-philipp-sendker/

  3. I've seen this book on blogs lately, but didn't know what it was about. It sounds interesting. I would keep reading.

  4. Seems like this book is everywhere lately! I like the intro, but usually steer clear of magical realism... not sure what I'd do here;-)

    1. I'm not sure this one really meets my definition of 'magical realism'. Almost everything that happens has a logical explanation---or a magical one---depending on how the character chooses to interpret it.

  5. I would definitely keep reading. Thanks for sharing.

    My post: http://www.bookclublibrarian.com/2014/03/first-chapter-first-paragraph-53.html

  6. Love the prose...and it scintillates with possibilities! Thanks for sharing. Here's MY TUESDAY POST

  7. I've got this book on my stack and am looking forward to reading it.

  8. Yummy teaser!!! Sounds good and I hope you enjoy. http://bookloverslife.blogspot.ie/2014/03/teaser-tuesday-26.html

  9. I've been wanting to read this book, I've seen it reviewed on several blogs. enjoy. kelley—the road goes ever ever on

  10. Lemon Meringue is my favourite! The synopsis does sound interesting, but I hadn't heard about this book before.
    My post is here

  11. Now I'm hungry for a piece of my mom's lemon meringue pie, hers is the best!
    Check out my Teaser.

  12. Kim, I like that intro a lot and definitely plan to read this one. Thanks for joining us this week.

  13. Now I'm craving some pie! Thanks for sharing and for stopping by my blog. :)

  14. I like both the opening paragraph and the teaser sentence. Sounds like something I'd like to read.

  15. Lovely teaser and opening lines. It sounds like an interesting read. I hope you are enjoying it :)

  16. Hope you enjoy this book. It sounds very engaging. Thanks for visiting my blog.