Thursday, March 2, 2023

Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver


Thank you for joining me on Book Beginnings on Fridays to share the opening sentence (or so) from 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.


First, I got myself born. A decent crowd was on hand to watch, and they've always given me that much: the worst of the job was up to me, my mother being let's just say out of it.
-- from Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver. 

The first sentence is terrific. But I went ahead and included the second, just to give more of a flavor for the terrific book. I love it so much!

In Kingsolver's newest book, she sets out to rewrite David Copperfield, but set in modern day Appalachia instead of Victorian England. David Copperfield is my favorite Charles Dickens book, so I caught the thread right away. But I lost it pretty quickly. Maybe I'll pick it up again, but it doesn't matter. The story is so engrossing and the narrator so charming, that it stands on its own.

Have you read this one? I hope it wins the Pulitzer Prize or the National Book Award, although I have no idea if it is even in the running. 


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The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice is a natural tie in with this event and there is a lot of cross over, so many people combine the two. The idea is to post a teaser from page 56 of the book you are reading and share a link to your post. Find details and the Linky for your Friday 56 post on Freda’s Voice.


From Demon Copperhead:
Then Stoner came out of the house. For a split second I wondered what he would think of me having a new dad, and then I got it.

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