Thursday, February 7, 2019

Book Beginning: A Weekend in New York by Benjamin Markovits



Whenever Paul qualified for the US Open, his parents, his big brother, his two sisters, their various kids, traveled to New York to watch him play. 

-- A Weekend in New York by Benjamin Markovits. I love everything about this opening sentence. There's so much family history and potential for future family drama packed into it.

And it immediately puts me in to a world I know nothing about, the world of professional tennis. You know from this sentence that this is a world where someone can repeatedly qualify without ever winning, because if Paul won the US Open, the book would be about his family celebrating, not gathering for yet another reunion.

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Around her family she almost consciously regressed. It was a relief, it felt less like regression than a return to normality.


Laurel-Rain Snow said...

This one sounds good!

Yvonne@fiction-books said...

Hi Gilion,

I have to admit that my first reaction was Golf, until you put us right and revealed the Tennis connection.

Definitely not a book for me, but Goodreads does share these lines as a header to the premise and I thought they were great …

"What are you feeling so anxious about? I'm the guy who has to go out there and lose.'
'That's what I don't like. That's what you don't realise. It's harder on the rest of us."

Enjoy and thanks for hosting :)


Anne Bennett said...

This does seem like a great opening line of a family oriented novel. My Friday quotes and review

Louise Ferrell said...

I've never had much interest in tennis, but the family aspect sounds great!

Ayanami Faerudo said...

My first thought was That's really nice of his family to support him.

Lisa Ks Book Reviews said...

Not being a fan of tennis, this one doesn't speak to me. But, I hope the family stays as strong throughout. I'd love for you and your readers to check out mine.

Roberta said...

It always raises my expectations in a book to see so much packed into a first sentence. Hope it lives up to the promise.

Literary Feline said...

I like that they are all there too! I hope you have a great weekend!

fredamans said...

Sounds like a good read! I added you to my Linky. Happy weekend!

Katherine P said...

Sounds good! This sounds especially appealing because my son is obsessed with tennis right now and has been in lessons for a year or so.

Nicki J. Markus / Asta Idonea said...

Sounds like it could be a fun read. I like tennis. It's one of only a small handful of sports that interests me. Happy Reading.

Emma at Words And Peace / France Book Tours said...

I love the unusual (to me) context. Mine is here:

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