Book beginnings on Friday

Boog beginnings on FridayCover Girl Reading by Katie Ward

It’s been a while since I did a book beginning. I have only recently started a new book that I could use for this kind of post, so here it is. Girl Reading by Katie Ward is called a novel, but it doesn’t seem to be one. It is a collection of short stories; you can read about the first two in my post here.

This is the beginning of the first story “Simone Martini, Annunciation, 1333”:

She arrives glowing from the effort of running, strands of red hair coming loose from her kerchief (she tucks them in), marks on her neck like bruises on fruit.

What is YOUR book beginning today? To see more book beginnings go to Rose City Reader!

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  1. Hmmm, intriguing beginning! Are all the stories about the same characters? I’ve read other “novels” or collections of short stories where the stories didn’t go in chronological order, but there was a thread tying them all together. Bird House by Margarent Laurence is like that. 🙂


    • No, they are set in various times and places. There might be a common thread weaving its way through the book, but so far I haven’t noticed it.


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