Thursday, October 28, 2021

BUtterfield 8 by John O'Hara -- Book Beginnings



Boo! It is almost Halloween! Are you ready for the trick-or-treaters? Are you reading anything particular for this Halloween week?

It's time for Book beginnings on Fridays! Whether you have a Halloween book or not, please share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading -- or just a book you want to highlight. 

My book has nothing to do with Halloween and is not a scary book. It isn't even a mystery. BUtterfield 8 is just one of those books that has been sitting on my TBR shelf for decades and I finally decided to read it. 


On this Sunday morning in May, this girl who later was to be the cause of a sensation in New York, awoke much too early for her night before. 

-- BUtterfield 8 by John O'Hara. Yes, it is spelled with a capital B and U because BUtterfield 8 is an old fashioned telephone number. 

BUtterfield 8 was a bestseller when it was published in 1935. I can see why! It is till racy close to 90 years later. It's all sex and day drinking so far. 


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Another fun Friday event is The Friday 56. Share a two-sentence teaser from page 56 of your book, or 56% of the way through your e-book or audiobook, on this weekly event hosted by Freda at Freda's Voice.


From BUtterfield 8:
It was useless to try to think of the names of speakeasies. His personal experience with speakeasies was slight, as he never drank; but he knew from going to them with Gloria that a place would be known familiarly as Jack’s or Giuseppe’s – and then when the proprietor gave you a card to the place (which you threw away the moment you were safe outside), it would be called Club Aristocrat or something of the sort.
Gloria is the girl who caused a sensation and who woke up to early after her late night. She is a firecracker!


  1. Great excerpt! Happy Halloween!

  2. Thank you for clarifying why the BU were capitalized. Sounds like a good one.

  3. Reminds me of 1930s prohibition movies. I hope you'll write more about it when you've finished it.

  4. 'It's all sex and day-drinking so far' is quite a way to hype a book! I'm definitely intrigued by this book, love discovering books that were successes when they came out but are now forgotten. I hope you continue to enjoy this one and that you have a lovely weekend :)
    Juli @ A Universe in Words

  5. Thanks for sharing. I read a lot of classics, including obscure ones, but had never heard of that one. I'll check. The title is cool!
    Mine is a historical novel/bio set in France:
    Do you like it? Fee free to request your copy and review it in your own time.
    You can also enter the giveaway

    1. I'll come by and visit -- your book sounds good. Good luck with your giveaway!


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