Thursday, December 7, 2023

Pocketful of Poseys by Thomas Reed -- BOOK BEGINNINGS


Thank you for joining me for Book Beginnings on Fridays. Please share the opening sentence (or so) of the book you are reading this week. You can also share from a book that caught your fancy, even if you are not reading it right now.


Grace Tingley always struggled letting herself into her mother's cottage, especially when her arms were full. 

-- from Pocketful of Poseys by Thomas Reed (new from Beaufort Books). 

It's hard to know where this story will go, based on this first sentence. But it makes me interested to know more. Grace and her mom must get along, because Grace is going to her mom's house and has a key. But why does her mom not let her in? Is her mom there? And what does she have in her arms? Groceries? Is she her mother's caretaker? Or is something completely different going on?

I like a book beginning that gets me asking all kinds of questions. 


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The Friday 56 is a natural tie-in with Book Beginnings. The idea is to share a two-sentence teaser from page 56 of your featured book. If you are reading an ebook or audiobook, find your teaser from the 56% mark.

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-- from Pocketful of Poseys:
Their appointment with Bradford Tuttle, the stereotypically oleaginous funeral director, had struck Grace and Brian as easily lasting longer than the average college final exam — lengthened even more by the fact that almost every utterance the man voiced involved increasingly wearing references to your dear departed loved one. Grace didn't feel the least bit guilty about forgetting a detail or two.

Grace Tingley and Brian Posey are forty-something twins whose lives have gone in very different directions. . . . 

When their widowed mother Cinny, a charter member of Woodstock Nation, is diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, Grace and Brian are there for her last days in hospice care. This is where Cinny reveals her staggering plan for the siblings: They're to sprinkle her ashes, mixed with their father's, at a series of exotic locations around the globe--some remote, some challengingly public, all known and loved by the Poseys.

Joined by their own immediate families, Grace and Brian set off on a funereal odyssey that uncovers more about their parents' relationship, and themselves, than the twins find it easy to admit.


  1. I'm like you. I enjoy starting books with a question or two in my mind.

  2. I agree. The opening doesn't tell too much, but it does pose some questions. I'm definitely interested. Have a great weekend!

  3. That's an opening likely to keep me reading. Happy Friday!

  4. The opening does leave you with many questions. The publisher's description sounds like this is an intriguing and emotional read.

  5. Yes, it is so hard to know where it will lead. I hope you enjoy it. Have a great weekend!

  6. That is a great beginning that causes the reader to ask a lot of questions. :-)


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