Friday, 12 January 2018

Book Beginnings on Fridays and The Friday 56

This week my book beginning and page 56 come from one of my favourite authors, Colm Tóibín. It is his novel The Empty Family. I have not yet read it, but like the beginning so it is just to grab it and start reading.

Book Beginnings on Fridays hosted by Rose City Reader

"The moon hangs low over Texas. The moon is my mother. She is full tonight, and brighter than the brightest neon; there are folds of red in her vast amber. Maybe she is a harvest moon, a Comanche moon. I have never seen a moon so low and so full of her own deep brightness. My mother is six years dead tonight, and Ireland is six hours away and you are asleep."

The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice

"She found that the manager of the studio knew the publican, the owner of the bar where they would film. He lived near the bar and was a regular customer. When she asked the manager if he thought she could have one extra day preparing the bar, clearing it of almost everything and then re-creating it so that it could be filmed, he said that he did not think so."


  1. This is a new author for me. The excerpts sound interesting. I can see that moon. This week I have A Merciful Secret by Kendra Elliot - one from my review stack. Happy reading!

  2. Sounds interesting to me! Happy weekend!

  3. I've never read any Colm Toibin. That's a nice opening. I'm curious what you think of it when you're done & how it fits in to his other stuff.