Thursday, December 7, 2017

Book Beginnings: A Bigger Piece of Blue by Dan T. Cox




The name is Creighton Bliss. I'm comfortable dust and practical as gravel.

--from the title story in A Bigger Piece of Blue by Dan T. Cox.  Intriguing way to describe yourself!

This roughly interconnected collection of stories is fresh and honest. It is like watching people in their real lives, only their lives are interesting. Like the description says:

"The simple, unpretentious storytelling turns an honest eye toward the grit and grace of ordinary people making decisions in the context of their relationships, good and bad and in between."

A Bigger Piece of Blue got a good early review on Kirkus.

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.

EARLY BIRDS & SLOWPOKES: This weekly post goes up Thursday evening for those who like to get their posts up and linked early on. But feel free to add a link all week.

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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.



  1. This sounds like an interesting beginning! First time I've seen this book - thanks for spotlighting.

  2. Sounds positively "gritty." (I couldn't resist).

    Hope you enjoy it. Thank you for hosting.

  3. I love that opening! It is simple and yet says so much. The way you described this one, being "like watching people in their real lives" has me intrigued. I think I might like this collection. I will have to give this one a try. Thank you for sharing (and hosting!).

  4. I thought that was a great opening, too. I laughed out loud at the second sentence.

  5. I like this opening - short and to the point - and it makes me want to know more.

  6. Hi Gilion!

    I found the cover quite intriguing. My first thought was - who's he buried? lol

    Or is that just me?

    Have a great weekend! Rest well!

    Sassy x

  7. He didn't look quite right for burying a body, but I sure did wonder.
    sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

  8. short stories are not my cup of tea, but it should be good for those who enjoy that genre

  9. I am coming to appreciate short story collections as I age. I initially thought I didn't like them because they leave so much unsaid. But then I realized how that detail actually helps my brain fill in where the story leaves off.

    My Friday Quotes for The 57 Bus


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