Thursday, May 31, 2018

Book Beginning: All Coyote's Children by Bette Lynch Husted




The woman watching from the rock bluff hears the screen door bounce against the doorframe, loose on its hinges, and sees Annie emerge from the shelter of the arbor. She has cut her hair, reached around and sliced the braid off with a knife, by the look of it.

-- All Coyote's Children by Bette Lynch Husted, from OSU Press. What a powerful image!

When Annie Fallon's husband Jack, a professor of Native American history, disappears without a trace into the wilderness surrounding the family ranch in northeastern Oregon, Annie is left to pick up the pieces. She gets some help from Leona, a Umatilla-Cayuse neighbor with long but hidden ties to Jack's family.

PORTLAND EVENT: Bette Lynch Husted is reading and signing at Broadway Books on Monday, June 11, 2018 at 7:00 pm.

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.



  1. Sounds like a good one. Thanks for sharing...and for hosting.

  2. I think that if I looked past those first few lines, which I did, I may not be quite so eager to read this one, despite the author's interesting and intriguing life.

    However, the opening lines on their own, defintely have me on the edge of my seat and needing to know more, so powerful and arresting are they!

    Thanks for sharing, enjoy the book and thank you for hosting BBOF

    Yvonne :)

  3. I agree that this first sentence is a powerful image! I love when I can quickly "see" as I read. :)

  4. Oh this one sounds like an interesting read. The beginning definitely caught my attention but the blurb really pulled me in.

  5. Interesting. Makes you wonder what's going on with her.


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