Chapter OneOur Chef Is Very Famous in London
"Darlings! Welcome! You must be Danielle?" Sleek and small, her wide eyes rendered enormous by kohl, Lucy Leverett, in spite of her resemblance to a baby seal, rasped impressively. Her dangling fan earrings clanked at her neck as she leaned to kiss each of them, Danielle too, and although she held her cigarette, in its mother-of-pearl holder, at arm's length, its smoke wafted between them and brought tears to Danielle's eyes.
The Emperor's Children
by Claire Messud
I'm experimenting with my Tuesday Intro post this week... expanding it by adding Brona's Salon, a new Sunday feature at Brona's Books. Please let me know what you think.
What are your currently reading?
I'm currently reading The Emperor's Children by Claire Messud.
How did you find out about this book?
I initially heard about it from other book bloggers. The premise sounded intriguing, but I was put off by mixed reviews. After loving The Woman Upstairs, Messud's later novel, I added The Emperor's Children to my reading list.
Why are you reading it now?
Claire Messud is speaking at a nearby university early next month and my book club decided to plan a meeting around it. Most members will read The Woman Upstairs, but a couple of us are diving into her backlist.
I love Messud's writing! Her word choices, sentences, and characters drew me in immediately, as did her description of New York City. She also really nailed upstate New York's "north country" in the second chapter. I had to check her bio to see how she might have gained such insight and found that she'd briefly attended Syracuse University's MFA program. Mystery solved.
Which character do you relate to so far?
I understand where all of the main characters are coming from, but can't say I'm relating to any one in particular yet. The way the characters are presented in the opening chapters reminds me of The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer... another book I loved.
Are you happy to continue?
Yes, definitely. I wish I had even more time to read right now.
Where do you think the story will go?
The groundwork is still being laid as I continue to learn more about each character. I have a feeling Frederick “Bootie” Tubb , the high school valedictorian and college dropout from the north country, will migrate to New York and have a negative impact on the lives of the group of friends from Brown.
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What do you think of the intro? Are you tempted to keep reading?
Tuesday Intro is hosted by Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea.
Brona's Salon is hosted by Brona at Brona's Books.