The Atomic Weight of Love, by Elizabeth J. Church (Algonquin Books, May 2016). First sentence of the book's Prologue:
In early January of 2011, forty-five hundred red-winged blackbirds fell dead from the Arkansas skies.
Sounds a little spooky, doesn't it? But I've read a bit further and I know the birds weren't magic-ed out of the air. I don't think I'm giving anything away by saying there's nothing paranormal about this book. At least, not that I've noticed. Just some gorgeous writing that has me hooked for the moment. I've heard many good things about Elizabeth Church's debut novel, and so far I'm definitely in agreement.
Rose City Reader hosts Book Beginnings on Friday. 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.