Thursday, October 13, 2022

It's Always 9/11 by Wendy Avra Gordon -- BOOK BEGINNINGS


Welcome back to Book Beginnings on Fridays, where participants share the opening sentence (or so) of the book they are reading this week. You can also share from a book you want to highlight just because it caught your fancy.

"All I do is sell food particles."

I was sitting at a picnic table overlooking the Pacific Ocean with Ryan, drinking Galactica Zinfandel from the bottle.

-- from It's Always 9/11 by Wendy Avra Gordon

Gordon's second novel came out last year. Set in a dystopian "not to distant future," It's Always 9/11 is the story of a family trying to live a normal life in the middle of increasingly difficult daily circumstances and scary political developments. Until they decide they can't sit passively by, waiting for things to change. 


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Freda at Freda's Voice hosts another teaser event on Fridays. Participants share a two-sentence teaser from page 56 of the book they are reading -- or from 56% of the way through the audiobook or ebook. Please visit Freda's Voice for details and to leave a link to your post.


From It's Always 9/11:
"Children's books are hardly a state secret, are they? There's an online competition, and if I get enough votes, I get free fabric."
Most people say wait it out.

After all, President Kaspar isn't as bad as expected. He's banned fracking, improved medical care, even provided every American over eight with a free cell phone! So what if the number of news channels has shrunk to three, and no one can afford email anymore? Even when a health crisis in New York City shakes the country to its core and raises the specter of authoritarianism, President Kaspar explains it all calmly in his cardigan sweater.

Most people say wait it out.

New York City transplant Tessa lives in a leafy Portland, Oregon neighborhood with her husband Larry and teenage son Holden. They are 3,000 miles away, but that is too close for comfort.

They can't wait it out. They take a different path--one that will shatter their lives, their identities, and change the course of a nation.

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