I am working on reading several wonderful books at the moment, most of which I plan to review in the coming weeks. However, instead of a review, today I am participating in First Line Friday, a weekly meme hosted at Hoarding Books!
The book I am featuring today is The Persistence of Vision by Lisa Gery. I started reading this book a few days ago, and it did not take long for me to be drawn into the story. I am about halfway through at the moment, and there is so much going on! For the most part, I’m enjoying it, but I am anxious to see how things turn out.
The opening line is:
“I remember life before the fire. In those days, Main Street was a carnival of activity. Foot traffic pounded the brick sidewalk, lingered in the doorways, flowed and ebbed like blood through a beating heart.”
I had so many questions from the very beginning, and Gery does a wonderful job of giving enough answers along the way so that the reader is not too frustrated, while maintaining a level of suspense about the future at the same time.
About the Book:
Genre: Historical Fiction, early 1900s
Blurb (from Goodreads): In the sweltering summer of 1908 the people of Evansville are abuzz over the construction of the town’s first cinema, the Walt Theater. Annie Bartolet is witnessing the Walt’s progress firsthand, married to the project’s construction manager, Henry. As young parents, they are struggling to adapt to parenthood, and the changes in their own relationship. When Henry’s unemployed cousin Daniel comes to stay with them – a teenager on the cusp of adulthood with a past shrouded in vague secrecy – it places a new strain on an already complicated marriage.
Seemingly insignificant, the motivations and decisions of this struggling family converge to set in motion a chain of events that lead to a disaster that will devastate the town – a horrific fire at the Walt Theater on opening night that reduces the town’s cherished jewel to ashes. In the aftermath of the tragedy, they must all confront the roles they played and the ramifications they face as they endeavor to find a way forward.
You can participate in First Line Friday, too!
Grab the book you’re currently reading, want to read, recently finished, or any book you want to talk about, and share the first line! You can find the official linkup and several other participants over at Hoarding Books, and either leave a comment with your first line or write a post!
Until the next chapter,