Last week I discovered a fun new book meme hosted at Rose City Reader called Book Beginnings on Fridays. It’s easy to participate, simply share the first sentence or so of a book you are reading and your thoughts about it.
This week we are reading State of Wonder: A Novel by Ann Patchett.
The news of Ander Eckman’s death came by way of Aerogram, a piece of bright blue airmail paper that served as both the stationary and, when folded over and sealed along the edges, the envelope.
This sentence generates a number of questions, such as why such an impersonal way to announce a death? Who is Nader Eckman? What is his relationship to the recipient? How did he die? Where did he die? It must have been far away to require an airmail letter.
I liked the description of the envelope. If you have ever received airmail, you can probably envision the flimsy blue-gray paper.
Opinion: I’m beginning to think a death in the first sentence is an overused way to generate interest. But maybe that’s just because I read a lot of mysteries, which tend to have a dead body show up within the first few pages.
What do you think? Is mentioning a death in the first sentence overused?
Are you a fan of Ann Patchett?
Currently we are hosting a challenge to read through the list of 100 bestsellers recommended in The Bestseller Code by Jodie Archer and Matthew L. Jockers. State of Wonder is number 99 on the list, and we’ll be starting the discussion on Monday November 21, 2016.