Literary Quote of the Month

“For poems are not, as people think, simply emotions (one has emotions early enough)—they are experiences,” … Rilke, The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge.

Friday, January 28, 2011

First Lines...

"It was a vibrant blue-skied Afghan morning, the kind that made Yazmina stop to loosen her scarf and tilt her face to the sun. She and her younger sister, Layla, were returning from the well, their calloused feet accustomed to repeated treks on the ancient dirt. The tiny cowrie shells that decorated Yazmina's long black dress clacked with every step. She looked toward the snow-capped peaks to the north and prayed that this winter, Inshallah, God willing, would not be as bad as the last. It was so cold, so unforgiving, killing the goats, freezing the earth, destroying any chance of a good wheat crop. Another winter like that would surely make the threat of starvation real."
...A Cup of Friendship by Deborah Rodriguez (just published!)


lisa :) said...

I read an ARC of this one and loved it. Rodriguez does a great job of capturing the scenery, people and culture of Afghanistan!

Suzanne said...

Hi Lisa,
Yes, I haven't gotten a chance to fully devour this yet, but I did read through the beginning and LOVED it! Her first book was a memoir of her going to Kabul and teaching hair dressing to the women of the city as a way to gain some independence, and I think that she takes what she saw and lived through and put it in this story. If you haven't read it yet, think of putting Kabul Beauty School on your TBR list, because it was so good.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

I liked this one but preferred her first book: Kabul Beauty School a non fiction.

Suzanne said...

Hi Diane,
You certainly are right about Kabul Beauty School! One of my favorite memoirs. And since you did read it, did you notice where the author is living now?! I wonder about her marriage in Kabul...

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