May 232017


Faithful by Alice Hoffman

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in
“Anthem” by Leonard Cohen

In February, when the snow comes down hard, little globes of light are left along Route 110, on the side of the road that slopes off when a driver least expects it. The lights are candles set inside paper bags, surrounded by the sand, and they burn past midnight. They shouldn’t last for that amount of time, but that’s part of the miracle. On the second anniversary of the accident, a gang of boys creep out their windows and gather at two in the morning to see if Helene’s mother, Diana Boyd, drives along the road replacing each melting pool of wax with a fresh candle. They’re hoping to reveal a con in process and dispel the myth of a miracle, but after keeping watch for a while the boys all flee. In the early morning hours, safe in their beds, they wonder how much of the world can never be understood or explained.


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  8 Responses to “First Chapter, First Paragraph, Tuesday Intros:
Faithful by Alice Hoffman”

  1. I loved this book….and the opening lines captures the essence of the town and the mood of the characters.

    Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog.

  2. That is one of my favorite quotes ever. Love it! Louise Penny uses it extensively in her series.

    • I don’t usually add quotes to my FCFPTI posts, but I loved this one so decided to add it. I don’t think I’ve read a Penny book.

  3. Vicki,

    I am a big fan of Leonard Cohen. Thanks for sharing this interesting opening. I have yet to read a book by Alice Hoffman, but I’d like to!

  4. What a lovely beginning. I’ve heard raves about this book and really want to read it. I’m planning on getting to it this year. I hope you enjoy it!

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