Welcome to another Bookish Friday, in which I enjoy sharing excerpts from books…and connecting with other bloggers, who do the same.

Let’s begin the celebration by sharing Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader; and let’s showcase The Friday 56 with Freda’s Voice.


To join in, just grab a book and share the opening lines…along with any thoughts you wish to give us; then turn to page 56 and excerpt anything on the page.

Then give us the title of the book, so others can add it to their lists!


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Today I am excited to share snippets of a book I downloaded this week…one which I have been eagerly awaiting.

In the Unlikely Event, by Judy Blume, promises to be a captivating read.





Beginning: Even now she can’t decide.  She thinks about flipping a coin.  Heads, she goes, tails she stays.  But isn’t indecisiveness an early sign of mental illness?  Didn’t she cover a story about that a few years ago? Or is it that she’s conflicted?  Conflicted is better than indecisive.


56:  Miri sat on her bed reading the beginning of Henry’s front-page story, then had to lower her head to the floor.  She couldn’t breathe, couldn’t remember how to take a breath.  When she felt the blood rush back to her face she sat up and took a sip of water.


Blurb:  In 1987, Miri Ammerman returns to her hometown of Elizabeth, New Jersey, to attend a commemoration of the worst year of her life. Thirty-five years earlier, when Miri was fifteen, and in love for the first time, a succession of airplanes fell from the sky, leaving a community reeling. Against this backdrop of actual events that Blume experienced in the early 1950s, when airline travel was new and exciting and everyone dreamed of going somewhere, she paints a vivid portrait of a particular time and place—Nat King Cole singing “Unforgettable,” Elizabeth Taylor haircuts, young (and not-so-young) love, explosive friendships, A-bomb hysteria, rumors of Communist threat. And a young journalist who makes his name reporting tragedy. Through it all, one generation reminds another that life goes on.


Would you keep reading?  Do these excerpts grab you, resonate with you?  Come on by and share your own.




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