Tuesday, January 24, 2012

~ First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros ~

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros is a weekly meme hosted by Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea every Tuesday. In this meme, share the opening paragraph(s) of a book you've decided to read based on the paragraph(s). There was no question for me that I wanted to review this book after reading an excerpt from it. I’m really looking forward to experiencing this promising debut. A few different passages from this book can be found on-line, if you‘re interested.

Don't forget to drop by Bibliophile By the Sea and read Diane's selection this week and be sure to visit and read the contributions of other participants. Chances are you’ll find at least one book to add to your wish list!
Night Swim by Jessica Keener


Mickey Fineburg’s email brings everything back again.

Hi, Sarah. Remembering those good ol’ days in the neighborhood. Saw your CDs online. Sampled the links. Wow! Impressive. How did you end up in California?

I kissed Mickey under a broken pool table in my basement. We were eight, his lips warm as play dough, pressing with earnest intention. I pressed back, happy and unafraid, oblivious to Mickey’s younger brother watching us. That night at the dinner table Mother looked stern and surprised. She said: Mickey’s mother called me. You’re too young to start, Sarah.

Start what? I wondered.

I do a quick search online. His company bio says he resides in Greenwich, Connecticut, after living in London for twenty-three years. Married with three children. I write Mickey back - “Thank you so much. I moved west after high school. Just read your company bio. Did you like living overseas?”
What are your thoughts about these 2 opening paragraphs? Would you read this book based on these paragraphs?


  1. I'd continue - sounds kind of catchy. Enjoy it!

  2. I would keep reading. Look forward to your thoughts.

  3. That would definitely make me read more. Already I want to know more.

  4. I'd keep reading, too. Hope you're enjoying it.

  5. I hadn't heard of this one, but I would keep reading. I'm already curious.

  6. I would also keep reading this one, and can't wait to hear what you think of it!