For those of you who have been reading for a while I tend to post a fun tag or meme on Friday’s to get us into the weekend spirit.
The Book Beginnings on Friday book meme was created by Rose City Reader, where you share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.
Interested to see what my current read had in store for me? Keep on reading to find out.
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The House of One Thousand Eyes by Michelle Barker
Publisher: Annick Press (September 11, 2018)
Print Length: 354 pages
Who can Lena trust to help her find out the truth? Life in East Germany in the early 1980s is not easy for most people, but for Lena, it’s particularly hard. After the death of her parents in a factory explosion and time spent in a psychiatric hospital recovering from the trauma, she is sent to live with her stern aunt, a devoted member of the ruling Communist Party. Visits with her beloved Uncle Erich, a best-selling author, are her only respite. But one night, her uncle disappears without a trace. Gone also are all his belongings, his books, and even his birth records. Lena is desperate to know what happened to him, but it’s as if he never existed. The worst thing, however, is that she cannot discuss her uncle or her attempts to find him with anyone, not even her best friends. There are government spies everywhere. But Lena is unafraid and refuses to give up her search, regardless of the consequences. This searing novel about defiance, courage, and determination takes readers into the chilling world of a society ruled by autocratic despots, where nothing is what it seems.
“For Lena Altmann, every Sunday felt like the first day of summer vacation after a long, hard year of straight lines and wrong answers.”
While I have read a fair amount of World War II fiction in my day, I haven’t really ventured into post World War II historical fiction. The House of One Thousand Eyes caught my interest partially do to the former, and partially because its author, Michelle Barker, was born and raised in Western Canada (just like this girl.) The first sentence is intriguing because we are introduced to the main character, Lena, and are given insight to why she enjoys Sunday’s. A little random in my opinion to start a novel with why a character enjoys a specific day, but I hope it explained in the following sentences, chapters, and book as a whole.
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And that is my contribution to the Book Beginnings on Friday conversation. What is the first sentence of the book you’re reading right now? Leave it as a comment below and let’s chat about it.