Book Beginnings On Fridays (If I Knew You Were Going To Be This Beautiful I Never Would Have Let You Go)
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.
If I Knew You Were Going To Be This Beautiful I Never Would Have Let You Go by Judy Chicurel
So she says to me, 'Young man, you got maniacs hanging around your store,' and I tell her, 'You're right, lady, you're a hundred percent right. I got maniacs outside my store, I got them inside my store, I got maniacs on the roof,' I tell her.
It is the summer of
1972, and Katie has just turned eighteen. Katie and her town, Elephant
Beach, are both on the verge: Katie of adulthood, and Elephant Beach of
gentrification. But not yet: Elephant Beach is still gritty,
working-class, close-knit. And Katie spends her time smoking and
drinking with her friends, dreaming about a boy just back from Vietnam
who’s still fighting a battle Katie can’t understand. Impeccably
crafted and hugely affectionate, this novel in stories is a vivid
portrait of a place whose conflicts—between mothers and daughters, men
and women, haves and have-nots— reverberate to our own time.