Book Beginnings On Fridays - Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller
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
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My book beginning is Our Endless Numbered Days which is the debut novel by Claire Fuller.
This morning I found a black and white photograph of my father at the back of the bureau drawer. He didn't look like a liar. My mother, Ute, had removed the other pictures of him from the albums she kept on the bottom shelf of the bookcase, and shuffled around all the remaining family and baby snapshots to fill in the gaps.
1976: Peggy Hillcoat is
eight. She spends her summer camping with her father, playing her
beloved record of The Railway Children and listening to her mother's
grand piano, but her pretty life is about to change.
survivalist father, who has been stockpiling provisions for the end
which is surely coming soon, takes her from London to a cabin in a
remote European forest. There he tells Peggy the rest of the world has
disappeared. And so her life is reduced to a piano which makes music but
no sound, a forest where all that grows is a means of survival. And a
tiny wooden hut that is Everything.
Peggy is not seen again for another nine years.
1985: Peggy has returned to the family home. But what happened to her in the forest? And why has she come back now?