Tuesday, November 22, 2011

~ First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros: A Visit from the Goon Squad ~

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros is a weekly meme hosted by Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea every Tuesday.  Share the opening paragraph (maybe two) of a book you've decided to read based on that paragraph.  I have wanted to read this book for far too long! It first came to my attention when I saw it displayed on a table in Barnes & Noble shortly after it was published.  When it came out in paperback this year a lot of book bloggers read it and are reading it. I've read many reviews raving about this unique, creative story that sounds different from almost any other book.  It has also won many awards for better or worse! I just know I'm really looking forward to reading this book!

Don't forget to drop by Bibliophile By the Sea to read Diane's selection this week and be sure to visit and read the contributions of other participants in this terrific meme!

A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

Found Objects

It began the usual way, in the bathroom of the Lassimo Hotel. Sasha was adjusting her yellow eye shadow in the mirror when she noticed a bag on the floor beside the sink that must have belonged to the woman whose peeing she could faintly hear through the vaultlike door of a toilet stall. Inside the rim of the bag, barely visible, was a wallet made of pale green leather. It was easy for Sasha to recognize, looking back, that the peeing woman's blind trust had provoked her: We live in a city where people will steal the hair off your head if you give them half a chance, but you leave your stuff lying in plain sight and expect it to be waiting for you when you come back? It made her want to teach the woman a lesson. But this wish only camouflaged the deeper feeling Sasha always had: that at, tender wallet, offering itself to her hand-it seemed so dull, so life-as-usual to just leave it there rather than seize the moment, accept the challenge, take the leap, fly the coop, throw caution to the wind, live dangerously ("I get it," Coz, her therapist, said), and take the fucking thing.

"You mean steal it."

What are your thoughts about this opening paragraphs? Would you read this book based on these paragraphs?


  1. Oh, I hope that you continue onward with this book! I loved it and it was so unique and inventive! Great, great book! Have fun with it!

  2. It's on my TBR but I'm afraid it's been so overhyped I will hate it -- altho I see Heather liked it so that gives me hope. Can't wait to see what you think of it!

  3. I've been on the fence about this one as well, but the intro has changed my mind.

  4. Very interesting first chapter. I want to know what happens next. I'd keep reading.

    Mine is here: Quirky Girls Read

  5. This intro hooks me early on. I hope the rest is as good as I have the audio version on my iPod. enjoy Amy.

  6. I haven't been able to decide whether I want to read this one or not. The first paragraph doesn't help much either... sigh.

  7. Hard to say since I read it. Cannot wait to see what you think of it!! It is kooky read!