First Chapter, First Paragraph Tuesday – Lookaway, Lookaway by Wilton Barnhardt


First Chapter, First Paragraph Tuesday is hosted by Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea – it’s a weekly meme where you share the first paragraph (or two) from a book you are considering reading.

This week I’ve picked Lookaway, Lookaway by Wilton Barnhardt. I chose it based on the cover alone – shallow but honest! When I opened the first page, titled ‘Book 1 – Scandal Averted 2003‘ I thought it sounded promising.

It begins –

“There were only two white dresses that ever would matter, her mother said. The first of these was the Debutante Dress that Jerilyn would wear when she would take her father’s arm and march across the stage in Raleigh, into the single spotlight, radiant, along with all the other debs in North Carolina.”

Is it perhaps Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood meets Franzen?!

10 responses

  1. It is an old cultural tradition from the Deep South in the wealthy communities to introduce your daughter to the social scene and wealthy young men to find a husband. From the cover, this book looks like it is set in the 1950’s or 1960’s. So from those few lines we know that the family is Southern and wealthy. Enjoy this book!

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