First Chapter, First Paragraph; Teaser Tuesday: Vanishing Acts by Jodi Picoult

fistchapFirst chapter, first paragraph, is a meme hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea.

This is the first book I’ve read by Jodi Picoult and it grabbed me right from the start.  Here’s the beginning of the Prologue to Vanishing Acts:

VanishingActsI was six years old the first time I disappeared.

My father was working on a magic act for the annual Christmas show at the senior center, and his assistant, the receptionist who had a real gold tooth and false eyelashes as thick as spiders, got the flu. I was fully prepared to beg my father to be part of the act, but he asked, as if I were the one who would be doing him a favor.

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Books and a Beat. TeaserTuesdays-ADailyRhythm3-300x203Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Here’s a teaser from Picoult’s Vanishing Acts:

Let me tell you what happens when you cook down the syrup of loss over the open fire of sorrow:  It solidifies into something else. Not grief, like you’d expect, or even regret. No, it gets thick as paste, black as ash; yet it isn’t until you dip a finger in and feel that sharp taste dissolving on your tongue that you realize this is anger in its purest form, unrefined; a substance to be weighed and measured and spread. p.88

What are you reading?  Have you read this book or another by Jodi Picoult?  What did you think?

About mysm2000

Having taught elementary school for more than 25 years and been involved in many amazing technology and curriculum projects, I find I've developed a myriad of interests based on literature I've read and music I've heard. I've followed The Wright Three to Chicago, Ansel Adams to Colorado, The Kon Tiki Expedition to Easter Island, Simon & Garfunkel lyrics to New York City, Frank Lloyd Wright to Fallingwater, Pennsylvania, and have only just begun.
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21 Responses to First Chapter, First Paragraph; Teaser Tuesday: Vanishing Acts by Jodi Picoult

  1. Her books are hit or miss with me.


    • mysm2000 says:

      Which ones have you read by her that you liked? This is my first one by her and I’m finding the writing very rich and I like her characters. I’d like to read more by her.


  2. fuonlyknew says:

    I’ve also not read one of her books in a while. The writing is strong and I just might try this one.

    Here’s my TT


  3. I read a few Jodi Picoult books a while ago and enjoyed them but started to feel they were getting a little samey. It’s maybe time I tried one again as they are good.


  4. Hfineisen says:

    The opening and teaser pull me in for sure. I have this one added to my TBR list. Enjoy!

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  5. I do like Jodi Picoult’s books although I haven’t read one for quite some time – my favourite of all is Plain Truth which is also the first one I read – glad you are enjoying Vanishing Acts.


  6. emmak89 says:

    I love Jodi Picoult!! I really hope you enjoy this, it’s one I haven’t read so I’m going to have to track it down now 🙂


  7. sjhigbee says:

    I haven’t yet read any Jodi Picoult, but I do have The Pact on my TBR pile by my bed… After reading your teaser, I think I ought to bump it up nearer the top. My TT this week is –


  8. Yvo says:

    I have started reading a Jodi Picoult book as well (Leaving Time). Vanishing Acts sounds like an interesting read as well though. I hope you will keep enjoying it.

    Happy reading! Here’s my teaser this week of Love Letters To The Dead by Ava Dellaira.


    • mysm2000 says:

      I’m wanting to read more books by her now so I’ll keep Leaving Time in mind. I enjoyed your teaser, too. Thanks for coming by.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Yvo says:

        I’m not too far into Leaving Time yet so I can’t properly recommend it, but I’ve read her other novel The Storyteller last year and that one is without doubt an interesting read. Especially the part that is set during WWII is really well written…

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  9. Wow, that teaser was powerful! I read this book and loved it…but it’s been a long time now. I think it’s time for a reread. Thanks for sharing…and here’s mine: “THE CHILDREN”


  10. I don’t think I have read any of Jodi’s books, but I have seen this one around before and it sounds like something I would enjoy. I love magic and the paranormal.
    sherry @ fundinmental My TT


    • mysm2000 says:

      Something I found really interesting in it was that her dog was a search and rescue dog and the parts of the story line where she used her to track were cool. I wouldn’t say there’s any actual paranormal in the story — maybe a bit in the native culture parts. Thanks for coming by.


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