Every Tuesday, Bibliophile by the Sea at http://bibliophilebythesea.blogspot.com/  hosts First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros where you share the first paragraph or sometimes two from a book you are reading or thinking about reading soon.

Walter awakens to the smell of burning paper. With the bedroom shades drawn, the late afternoon street sounds are muffled. He untangles Sonia’s hair from his hand, steps to the door and peeks. His father kneels before the fireplace, feeding the flames with rolled-up sheet music. Josef rips the pages from their bindings and shapes them into logs, the edges clinched tight. Walter winces at the sight of his father’s fuel supply. Maybe the fire will release some kind of strange music, he thinks. A prompt, a sign, a directive. Leave this place, embrace your future. But a Bach flute etude cackles like ordinary paper, heats the living room for a brief spell, and then flickers out.

The Beautiful Possible by Amy Gottlieb

I love the image this first paragraph evokes. I can see the scene as it unfolds, smell the paper burning and I see musical notes instead of ashes. This is definitely a book that screams read on! to my senses.

What do you think? Does this first paragraph make you want to continue reading?

 

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