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.
Golden Age: A Novel by Jane Smiley
"I was Friday. Everyone was somewhere else, doing last-minute chores."
Therefore when Charlie showed up for the family reunion, only Minnie was there. I did find it odd that the book starts off with Minnie, who is not technically a part of the Langon family (her brother-in-law is Joe Langdon.)