Thursday, March 10, 2016

Book Beginnings: Only Love Can Break Your Heart

Only Love Can Break Your Heart, by Ed Tarkington (Algonquin Books, January 2016). This is the book's first paragraph:
Paul was my half brother. But I never called him that. This was partially out of loyalty -- for I remained devoted to him despite everything -- but mostly because it didn't seem quite enough, having only half of one brother. So I never thought of him that way.
Initial Thoughts:

I like the voice here, and the slightly mysterious feeling -- everything's in the past. And that "despite everything" sounds like some real complications down the line. I'm just starting this one and don't know much about it, but the opening is definitely pulling me in.

Rose City Reader hosts Book Beginnings on Fridays. As she says, the idea is to post the first sentence (or so) of the book you're currently reading, along with any first impressions or thoughts you have about the book, the author, etc.  It's a wonderful way of adding new books to your must-read list, and a chance to connect with other readers and bloggers.


  1. I have been eyeing this book...I love that title! I can feel a tune springing up as I look at the cover.

    And yes, that "despite everything" does have an ominous sound.

    Here's mine: “THE GIRL IN THE RED COAT”

  2. Sounds good -- I might give it a look. Are you reading mostly on a device now or still physical books?

  3. I really like the beginning and agree that it sounds very's my Friday meme


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