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Friday, July 19, 2013

Book Beginnings: Passing Strange

Book Beginnings on Friday is a meme hosted by Gilion at Rose City Reader. Anyone can participate; just share the opening sentence of your current read, making sure that you include the title and author so others know what you're reading.

Passing Strange: A Gilded Age Tale of Love and Deception Across the Color Line by Martha A. Sandweiss

"Edward V. Brown, the census taker, moved slowly down North Prince Street, knocking on each and every door in this Flushing Neighborhood of Queens, New York."

This may seem like an anti-climactic way to start this book, but the census was a vital and sometimes sole source of information about Ada Todd, the African-American common-law-wife of Clarence King, a white scientist and explorer.

3 comments:

Lindsay said...

I love the book cover to this one, I haven't seen it before. I like this quiet opening.
I hope you enjoy it! Here's mine http://thelittlereaderlibrary.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/book-beginnings-5-his-dark-lady-by.html

gautami tripathy said...

Wonderful beginning. I would pick it up!

Here is my post

Julie @ Knitting and Sundries said...

Hmmmm ... I don't think I'd heard of this one, but I think I want to check it out, especially since I'm of mixed race and my parents as well as my lovely foster parents got together when interracial relationships/marriage were strictly frowned on by almost everyone. Thanks for sharing!