Book Beginnings On Fridays (Close To The Broken Hearted)
Book Beginnings on Fridays is hosted by Rose City Reader and as she says the idea of this memeis
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
the website and you can use #BookBeginnings on Twitter.
This week my book beginning is Close To The Broken Hearted by Michael Hiebert. I enjoyed his novel Dream With Little Angels and have got an ARC from Netgalley of his latest which I'll start reading later today.
Alvin, Alabama - 1971
The spring sun is low in the sky outside the single paned windows of the kitchen in the small farmhouse where the family has gathered to eat. Upon the table sits a roast chicken ready to be carved, a plate of mashed potatoes, and a bowl of peas and corn, both harvested last year but kept frozen through the winter months. The light falling in through the windows is deep orange, almost red, as the father, Tom Carson, stands to say grace.
At twenty-two, Sylvie
Carson has known a lifetime's worth of trouble. When she was a child,
her baby brother was shot to death by a man named Preacher Eli. Orphaned
by her teens, Sylvie is now raising her own baby with no partner in
sight. For all these reasons, Leah Teal, Alvin, Alabama's only
detective, tries to stay patient when Sylvie calls the station day and
night, always with some new false alarm. But now Preacher Eli is out of
prison and moving back to town.
As far as the law is
concerned, the old man has paid his dues--though Leah's twelve-year-old
son, Abe, vehemently disagrees. Between that and his relentless
curiosity about the daddy he hardly knew, Abe's imagination is running
in all directions lately. While Leah struggles with how much of the past
to reveal to Abe, she's also concerned about Sylvie's mounting panic.
Something in her gut tells her the girl might be a target after all. For
as Leah knows well, there's danger not just in the secrets others keep
from us, but in the lies that corrupt from within. It's a hunch that
will be tested soon enough, as tensions mount on both sides.