March 11, 2016

The Friday 56 and Book Beginnings #10

The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda's Voice and Book Beginnings is hosted by Rose City Reader.  Visit their links to learn more.
Title:  The Gate to Women's Country
Author:  Sheri S. Tepper
The Beginning:  Stavia saw herself as in a picture, from the outside, a darkly cloaked figure moving along the cobbled street, the stones sheened with a soft, early spring rain.  On either side the gutters ran with an infant chuckle and gurgle, baby streams being amused with themselves.  The corniced buildings smiled candlelit windows across at one another, their shoulders huddled protectively inward - though not enough to keep the rain from streaking the windows and making the candlelight seem the least bit weepy, a luxurious weepiness, as after a two-hanky drama of love lost or unrequited.

The Friday 56:  "Things happen to you when you're young.  And you think you know what it was that happened, but you really don't.  Then later, sometimes years later, you suddenly understand what was really going on.  And you feel such a fool because it's too late to do anything about the mistake you made."

Comment:  The imagery in this book is incredible.  I usually don't do such a long beginning, but this beginning just spoke to me.  So much of this book is just beautiful -- not to mention, it's a great story!


  1. Love the beginning, really draws you in. :)

  2. Love the 56. It could be so true. And the title and cover grabbed me too.

    My 56 -

  3. Love the imagery of the beginning!

  4. There is great imagery in this book. I hadn't heard of this author. Hope you're enjoying it. :)
    @dino0726 from 
    FictionZeal - Impartial, Straightforward Fiction Book Reviews

  5. I wasn't crazy about the cover but those snippets are good. Shows not to judge a book by its cover. :-)
    Happy weekend!

  6. OK the beginning has me hooked. Great description. :)

    Check out my Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings).


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