Friday 17 October 2014

Book Beginnings On Fridays (The Clock Winder)

Book Beginnings on Fridays is hosted by Rose City Reader and as she says the idea of this meme is 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.


The Clock Winder by Anne Tyler:


The house had outlived its usefulness. It sat hooded and silent, a brown shingleboard monstrosity close to the road but backed by woods, far enough from downtown Baltimore to escape the ashy smell of factories. The upper most windows were shuttered; the wrap-around veranda, with its shiny grey floorboards and sky-blue ceiling, remained empty even when neighbours' porches filled up with children and dogs and drop-in visitors. Yet clearly someone still lived there. 


 The Clock Winder 


Book Description:


Having sacked her handyman, newly-widowed Mrs Emerson finds a replacement in Elizabeth, a lanky, awkward girl. The Emersons - there are seven grown-up children - have a reputation for craziness and Elizabeth finds herself drawn into their disorderly lives against her will. But in the end it is hard to tell whether she is a victim of the needy Emersons, or the de facto ruler of the family.  


  1. Replies
    1. Hi Kiran, No it's set in the early 1960s. Thanks for visiting my blog :)

  2. Not my genre, but I hope you're enjoying it.

    Here's mine:
    Book Beginning #2: NYZE@everythingnyze

  3. Sounds like an interesting way to start a novel in describing a house! Hope you enjoy it! :)

    Here's my book beginning this week! Happy Friday! :)

  4. I think if I had seven children I would be a bit crazy too. LOL
    sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes - Bad Apples

  5. I've read one Anne Tyler book and really enjoyed it but for some reason I never picked up another one. I like the sounds of this one though. She paints a great picture with her descriptions of the house.

  6. Anne Tyler does a great job of setting the scene (and the mood). I've enjoyed many books by this author but haven't read this one. Thanks for letting me know about it. It's going on my TBR list immediately!
    My Friday post features NOT YET.

  7. I love the description of the house. That alone makes me want to read this book. I love wrap around porches.

    THANKS for sharing.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Beginnings


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