Thursday, November 9, 2017

Book Beginning: Bitter is the Wind by Jim McDermott




During his first suspension from Netherwood Junior High School in rural upstate New York for throwing ice cubes down a girl's shirt, George Johnson Jr. passed the time at home by himself.

Bitter is the Wind by Jim McDermott. That is just the kind of opening sentence I like, one that introduces the book and lets me know that there is going to be an actual story here, not just pretty writing. We already know the setting and the main character, and that "Jr." in his name tells us his dad is involved, somehow.

And, sure enough, this debut novel is a father/son story that follows the family from blue collar upstate New York in the 1970s to Wall Street in the 1980s, and feels perfect for right now. It's getting good reviews, like this one in the San Francisco Book Review that described it as "a fascinating character study and slice of life novel."

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.


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