Book Beginnings is a meme hosted by Rose City Reader. Share the first sentence (or so) of a book you are currently reading, along with your initial thoughts and impressions about the sentence or book. Remember to include the title of the book and the author AND link up at the Rose City Reader
I know I'm not doing well. I have an emotional relationship with a fish--Thomas Strawberry. My oldest son, C, named him, and that name was given weight because a six-year-old voiced it as though he'd had an epiphany: "He looks like a strawberry." The three adults in the room had nodded in agreement.
This is a good way to begin this book. Of course, it won't make sense until you learn the circumstances of the narrator, but his emotional relationship with Thomas Strawberry, the fish, reflects the severity of his situation--he is not doing well at all. I'm about halfway through. It's a stream-of-consciousness piece. It's sad, dark, sometimes funny, always stressful, and thought-provoking...I really like it so far. It's the first book I'm reading for what I've now dubbed 'Quest Alpha'.