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for you to 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. Please remember to include the title
of the book and the author's name. There's a linky list on
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Road Ends by Mary Lawson
Two weeks before Megan left home she began a clear-out of her room. She put her suitcase (the biggest she could find, purchased from Hudson's Bay) on the bed and a large cardboard box (free of charge from Marshall's Grocery) on the floor beside it and anything that wouldn't fit into the one had to go into the other. She was ruthless about it; she intended to travel light. Out went any items of clothing she hadn't worn for a year or more, any shoes ditto, any odd socks or underwear with holes in it that she had saved for days that didn't matter, in full knowledge of the fact that none of her days mattered, or at least not in a way that required respectable underwear.
On a perfect August
morning in 1967, above a river just outside a small town in the north of
Canada, a young man meets his death. And so begins the unravelling of
his best friend Tom's already precarious family.
months on, and the town of Struan is in the grip of winter. Still
reeling from his friend's death, Tom has dropped out and spends his days
driving a snow plough. His mother has yet another new baby and is
nesting upstairs, increasingly lost in her own world. His father,
Edward, retreats to his study and his diaries, unable to cope with his
growing, unruly family. There are so many brothers in the house that Tom
has almost lost count, but Adam, who is only four, somehow can't be
ignored. Their one sister - capable, dependable, formidable Megan - who
used to run the show, has escaped to London and is finally living her
own life. But then come disturbing letters from home.