book beginnings on Friday: Touch by Alexi Zentner

Thanks to Rose City Reader for hosting this meme. To participate, share the first line or two of the book you are currently reading and, if you feel so moved, let us know what your first impressions were based on that first line.

I’ve just begun Touch, and I’m not entirely sure what I’ve gotten myself into – I was recommended this book, by whom I do not know, and am not sure yet even what genre to put it in. But I can say for now that it is, well, touching. It begins:

The men floated the logs early, in September, a chain of headless trees jamming the river as far as I and the other children could see. My father, the foreman, stood at the top of the chute hollering at the men and shaking his mangled hand, urging them on.

I love the setting, the woodsy northern (Canadian?) feel.

And what are you reading this weekend? Do share.

5 Responses

  1. I saw this book not long ago but hesitated about getting it. I do like the beginning so maybe I’ll give it a second look.
    Happy Weekend!

  2. Interesting peak into a life I don’t know anything about. I hope you are enjoying the story.

  3. Hmmmm . . . I just read a logging book (Out Stealing Horses) so don’t know if I am quite in the mood for another right away. But I look forward to your review.

    Thanks for participating in Book Beginnings! Sorry I am slow this week to come by and visit your post.

    • No worries Rose City, it’s not always the right timing for everything. This is a remarkable and fairly unique book; if it attracts you, you can get to it someday.

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