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.
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.
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.