Book Beginnings on Friday is a meme hosted at Rose City Reader. It’s really simple: Share the first sentence of the book you are currently reading and what it means to you.
My beginning this week is from A Land More Kind than Home by Wiley Cash:
I sat there in the car with the gravel dust blowing across the parking lot and saw the place for what it was, not what it was right at that moment in the hot sunlight, but for what it had been maybe twelve or fifteen years before: a real general store with folks gathered around the lunch counter, a line of people at the soda fountain, little children ordering ice cream of just about every flavor you could think of, hard candy by the quarter pound, moon pies and crackerjack and other things I hadn’t thought about tasting in years.
The narrator is Adelaide Lyle, one of three in this novel. She is an elderly woman, a midwife who helped bring many of the town’s current residents into the world, and with this sentence you get the sense of her longing for a different (better) time. In addition, she also provides a hint of mystery — what is the place now if not a general store?
I am about 3/4 of the way through this book and it is wonderful. I have stayed up past my bedtime and extended my lunch break a few times this week just so I could keep reading.