Thursday, February 2, 2023

Thirst by K.L. Barron -- BOOK BEGINNINGS



Thank you for joining me each week on Friday to share the opening sentence (or so) from the book you are reading. Feel free to share instead from a book that caught your fancy or you feel like highlighting. Please hop around and visit the other participants!

The commune dogs loped after us through the garden, past the yellow heads of sunflowers, over the ripe strawberries we didn't pick to sell at the market but left for the birds, cutting sharp turns against the sea- colored herbs, their fragrance clinging to our skin, to our destination: a concrete statue in a cemetery, an unnamed young girl holding a flower basket.
-- from Chapter One, "Summer, Gaia Commune, Central Valley, California, 1989," in Thirst by K.L. Barron

Although this story starts in California, Thirst takes place in Africa, among the Tuareg people of Niger. It only came out recently and I am excited to read it. 

Thirst would make a good companion read with Blue Dessert by Celia Jeffries (reviewed here), also about the Tuareg society. Thirst has a more contemporary setting, in 1989-1990, when the Tuaregs' traditional, nomadic culture is in grave risk of dying out. Blue Dessert is set in the early 1900s, when the Tuaregs' way of life was on the cusp of inevitable conflict with modernization. 


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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 Thirst:
He spent his days protecting his family's goats and came back at night to protect me. This is before he tells me his father thinks I'm a government spy and sends him to spy on me.

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