book beginnings on Friday: The Solace of Leaving Early by Haven Kimmel

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 am still super excited about Haven Kimmel! The other day I picked up The Used World and read the first few pages, compulsively, and only later noticed that it is (apparently) the third in a “loose” trilogy that began with The Solace of Leaving Early. So I put down the latter (effortfully), and picked up this one. (The book in the middle is Something Rising (Light and Swift), which I loved.) It begins:

It wasn’t given to Langston Braverman to know the moment she became a different person; she only knew later, looking back on the afternoon a simple storm arrived and stayed for days, the afternoon she first saw the children. The woman Langston had been was immune to visions and visitations; she was a head-dweller, an Attic Girl who could quote theologians on the abandonment of reason, but who, nonetheless, trusted reason the way one trusts one’s own skin.

I can already recognize the thinking characters that Kimmel favors. I’m ready.

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