Book Beginnings and Friday 56 – Section 132 (August 3)

For my Friday meme combo this week I have chosen Section 132 by Helga Zeiner. This book is currently on tour through Partners in Crime Tours. I’ll be hosting it on this blog on September 16. A brief synopsis of the book is as follows:

Lillian grows up in an American fundamentalist Mormon sect which still practices polygamy. At age thirteen she becomes the child-bride of a Canadian Bishop. His compound is located deep in the wilderness of British Columbia, totally isolated from the rest of the world. When the land developer Richard Bergman buys the property next to the Bishop’s compound, he gets involuntarily drawn into the sect’s secret society…

Now for this weeks excerpts:

Book Beginnings is hosted by Gilion at Rose City Reader, who invites anyone to join in, saying: ‘Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.  Please remember to include the title of the book and the author. Leave a link to your post.  If you don’t have a blog, but want to participate, please leave a comment with your Book Beginning.’

The beginning of Section 132 (from the prologue):

Martha had 13 mothers. Some of them, like Marion who was the first wife and the two young one called Emma and Anna, hardly touched her life. But the others, mother Barbara for example who was in charge of the afternoon sewing sessions, or mother Esther who supervised the laundry duty, were mean and horrible. They beat her very chance she got. For things she did wrong in their eyes and even for things she hadn’t done at all. She hated them with all the might of her twelve year old heart, each one of them. But most of all, more than any of the others, she hated her birth mother Katherine.

The Friday 56 is a book meme hosted by Freda’s Voice and the rules are as follows:

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56.
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it) that grabs you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.

It’s that simple.

From page 56 of Section 132:

The candles were half burned when the door opened. Heavy with sleep and only semi-conscious, Martha registered that her husband entered the room. Part of her wanted to waken up and welcome him, and tell him about Marion and all the injustice she had suffered, and the loneliness and the boredom, but the other part wanted to drift further into sleep and wanted him to go away.

I think this book will be a good read and I’m hoping to get through a fair part of it this weekend. I’ll share my review when I host the book next month, at which time I will also have a free e-book copy to give away.


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