Thursday, August 4, 2016

Book Beginnings: The Remnants by Robert Hill


Please join me every Friday 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.

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TIE IN: The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice is a natural tie in with this event and there is a lot of cross over, so many people combine the two. The idea is to post a teaser from page 56 of the book you are reading and share a link to your post. Find details and the Linky for your Friday 56 post on Freda’s Voice.



As True Bliss lay in her bed on the morning of her the eve of her one hundredth birthday, the thought that circled her mind, in the applesauce eddy of her mind, the fist chunk in the applesauce eddy that her mind could sink its teeth into was please don't let this day be my last day on earth.

-- The Remnants by Robert Hill. That's quite a metaphor! Or a mixed metaphor. Her mind is an applesauce eddy with teeth. Eating itself. But I guess if you are a day shy of 100 and just waking up, your thoughts might run to muddled metaphor. We'll see where it goes from here.

The Remnants is the story of a town "peopled with hereditary oddities" preparing to celebrate the the 100th  and 99th birthdays of two of its last citizens. Reviewers praise the writing and originality of the story. It was a Powell's Books staff pick.


  1. What a thought to have.... geez.

  2. A little confused but I'd say she gets a pass for it being her 100th birthday - lol

  3. Some days I can relate to that applesauce eddy! Love the description. This book sounds like a winner.

  4. Hi Gilion,

    This probably wouldn't be a book for me, although I'll bet that some of the reminiscences are interesting and quite amusing.

    Like Lauren, I was a bit unsure about the title the author has chosen for the book, together with the fact that the town the story is set in, has been christened 'New Eden'!

    I shall be interested to see what you think of it :)


  5. It sounds very original. Almost too original. But I think I'd like it. Great pick.

  6. Hmmm...not sure what to think, but I hope she makes it through the day. :-)
    sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

  7. I like the blurb but not sure how I feel about the front sentence! That's some imagery! I do hope this isn't her last day and I hope you enjoy it!

  8. I've seen this book at Forest Avenue Press! Seems like such a great read. Will be looking out for it.

  9. Applesauce eddy? I guess there is always a first time to heard an odd phrase. I'm intrigued!

  10. Cheery beginning! Hope you enjoy it.

  11. Oh my, I've never read a Powell's Books Staff Pick. I will have to go look at that list. Maybe I have read one and not realized the book was on their list. I would like to read about a woman or man nearing a hundred years old. What are their thought processes? No regrets? Regrets?

  12. This opening line is too confusing to work for me. It does not entice me to want more. A good applesauce metaphor that needed less not more to make it work. Sorry. Written from one who loves opening lines!


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