Oct 31, 2017

First Chapter: Edgar and Lucy by Victor Lodato

Edgar and Lucy by Victor Lodato, March 7, 2017, St. Martin's Press
"...a stunning examination of family love and betrayal. 
Eight-year-old Edgar Fini remembers nothing of the accident people still whisper about. He only knows that his father is gone, his mother has a limp, and his grandmother believes in ghosts ."

First chapter:
Chanel No. 5

Having a life meant having a story. Even at eight, Edgar knew this.

What he didn't know was his own beginning. Newborn brains were mushy. If you wanted to know how your life had started, you had to get this information from other people. 

But what if these people were liars?  

"I kept falling asleep," said Lucy. She was speaking of Edgar's birth. The boy liked this particular story, and so he made sure to roll his head in feigned boredom....

Review: "Wonder-filled and magisterial...Lodato's skill as a poet manifests itself on every page, delighting with such elegant similes and incisive descriptions…His skill as a playwright shines in every piece of dialogue…And his skill as a fiction writer displays itself in his virtuoso command of point of view. The book pushes the boundaries of beauty." - Chicago Tribune

Based on the opening of the book and the book description, would you continue reading? 

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18 comments:

Mystica said...

Yes I would

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I am curious! Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

Kathy Martin said...

I'm not sure. I think I would need to know more about the book before beginning it. This week I am featuring a book I want to read again - Written in Red by Anne Bishop. Happy reading!

Catherine @ Book Club Librarian said...

I have a copy of this book in one of my reading stacks. The snippets you shared make me curious about the story--I will have to move it closer to the top of the stack. Hope you enjoy it.

Harvee said...

I have to set away some time for it. It's 533 pages!

Harvee said...

Seems it's regarded as literary fiction.

Harvee said...

Family dynamics are always interesting.

Harvee said...

Me, too!

Suko said...

This sounds like a story I would enjoy reading. Excellent opening!

Nise' said...

I was hooked at family love and betrayal.

Margot said...

I enjoy books with children as the main characters. I'm going to check the one out.

Terra said...

Very likely. I am reading a book now and enjoying it that is told in the point of view of a 7 year old girl, "My Grandmother Said to Tell You She Is Sorry."

Harvee said...

I have to read this one too.

Harvee said...

So do I, Margot.

Harvee said...

Does grab you!

Harvee said...

Themes that can be used endlessly.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Like the intro, on my list this one goes; enjoy

Harvee said...

Hope we get to share comments after we finish the book!

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