Book Beginnings – 8th October 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 ‘The Mismatch’ by Sarah Jafari.


Brighton, 1999

Neda wondered whether other people noticed when their families fell apart or if, like her, it caught them by surprise. Time and time again, after everything they had been through, and just when she felt able to exhale, loosen her shoulders, a new problem would arise, the ground shifting beneath her once more. Her daughter’s words echoed in her ears. The cars ahead of her blurred into one. She pulled over to the side of the road, without indicating and without checking her mirrors, car tyres screeching in the process. They jolted forward when she slammed the brakes.

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