Book Beginnings – 12th March 2021

Book beginnings on Fridays is hosted by Rose City Reader and it is a chance to share the first sentence or so of a book you’ve reading, about to read or recently read.

The book I’d like to share this week is Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. This is one I’ve had in my TBR pile for a while but it made it’s way into my March Possibilities Pile as part of the Traveling Tale book club. I’m excited to read it and get annotating!!

‘That doesn’t sound like a school trivia night’, said Mrs Patty Ponder to Marie Antoinette. ‘That sound sounds like a riot.’

The cat didn’t response. She was dozing on the couch, and found school trivia nights to be trivial.

‘Not Interested, eh? Let them eat cake! Is that what you’re thinking? They do eat a lot of cake, don’t they? All those cake stalls. Goodness me. Although I don’t think any of the mothers ever actually eat them. They’re all so sleek and skinny, aren’t they? Like you.’

Marie Antionette sneared at the compliment. The ‘let them eat cake’ thing had grown old a long time ago, and she’d recently heard one of Mrs Ponder’s grandchildren say it was meant to be ‘let them each brioche’ and also that Marie Antionette never said it in the first place.

Mrs Ponder picked up her television remote and turned down the volume on Dancing with the Stars. She recently turned it up loud earlier because of the sound of the heavy rain but the downpour had eased now.

She could hear people shouting. Angry hollers crashed through the quiet, cold night air. It was somehow hurtful for Mrs Ponder to hear, as if all that rage was directed at her.


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