Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tuesday Memes: Lost and Found

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 Lost and Found by Brooke Davis.

Millie Bird (aka Captain Funeral), seven-years old and ever hopeful, always wears red gumboots to match her red, curly hair. Her struggling mother leaves Millie in a local department store and never returns.

Agatha Pantha, eighty-two, has not left her house – or spoken to another human being – since she was widowed seven years ago. She fills the silences by yelling at passers by, watching loud static on the TV and maintaining a strict daily schedule.

Karl the Touch Typist, eighty-seven, once used his fingers to type out love notes on his wife's skin. Now he types his words out into the air as he speaks. Karl is moved into a nursing home but in a moment of clarity and joy, he escapes.

A series of events binds the three together on a road trip that takes them from the south coast of WA to Kalgoorlie and along the Nullarbor to the edge of the continent. Millie wants to find her mum. Karl wants to find out how to be a man. And Agatha just wants everything to go back to how it was.

They will discover that old age is not the same as death, that the young can be wise, and that letting yourself experience sadness just might be the key to life.(

Opening Paragraph
    Millie’s dog, Rambo, was her Very First Dead Thing. She found him by the side of the road on a morning when the sky seemed to be falling, fog circling his broken shape like a ghost. His jaw and eyes were wide open, as if mid-bark. His left hind leg pointed in a direction it normally didn’t. The fog lifted around them, the clouds gathered in the sky, and she wondered if he was turning into rain.

    It was only when she dragged Rambo up to the house in her schoolbag that her mother thought to tell her how the world worked.

    He’s gone to a better place, her mother shouted at her while vacuuming the lounge room.

My Teaser

    And when the afternoon becomes night, and the last door is clicked shut, and everything goes black — the air, the sound, the earth — it feels like the whole world is closing. She presses her face against the window, cups her hands around her eyes, and watches people walk back to their cars with other people, with husbands and wives and girlfriends and boyfriends and children and grandmothers and daughters and fathers and mothers.
page 18 or 315

So...what do you think? Is this one you would pick up? Leave a comment below!
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  1. Hmm, I'm not sure yet, but I love the cover:)

  2. This sounds so intriguing - I'd read on.

  3. Wow, these characters sound truly interesting...and the excerpts drew me in. Thanks for sharing....and for visiting my blog.

  4. This was one of the books shown on Book Riot's "in the mail" section a few weeks ago. I was hooked by their description, and I'm even more interested in reading this after reading yours!

  5. Oh i dont know if I'd pick this up!
    Trish - my teaser

  6. I am not cray about the imagery in the opening and the story sounds a little strange to me. I don't think I would read on, but hope you enjoy it.

  7. Probably would not continue, but it's always hard to say after reading just a couple of random sentences.
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  8. That poor girl (and dog)! I would keep reading. The imagery in the opening isn't pleasant, for sure, but it gets one's attention right away. The synopsis also has me interested.

  9. Sounds like a quirky cast of characters! I'm curious about a girl who puts a dead dog in her backpack and takes it home, and I'd keep reading to find out more about her.
    Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog post: THE LITTLEST COWBOY.

  10. I wasn't sure about this one based on the blurb, but I loved the intro and teaser! And, I do love the cover...and I don't usually care about covers.

  11. I really like the sound of this one. Thanks for sharing it.

    My Tuesday post: http://www.bookclublibrarian.com/2014/10/first-chapter-first-paragraph-79-and.html

  12. the beginning paragraph was delightful and the cover captured me the instant I saw it. I'll watch for your review. Have a good week! kelley—the road goes ever ever on

  13. Oh yes, I like what you've shared and hope to read this one as well Kim. enjoy

  14. I'm not sure about this...I can't deal with reading about dead animals. The opening would probably turn me away.