I am once again linking up with Vicki @ I’d Rather Be At The Beach who hosts a meme every Tuesday to share the First Chapter/First Paragraph or two of the book you are currently reading.
First Chapter/First Paragraph
I was fifteen years old the day I learned that Ms. Lida Poe had gone missing. Her name meant nothing to me at the time, but I repeated it under my breath just for the way it felt on my tongue. Lida Poe—it sounded whimsical yet stern, the kind of name that should belong to a saloon keeper or stunt pilot—not someone who scribbled numbers at a plastics factory. Her disappearance was a topic of discussion in my Current Events class that late-spring morning, and would have soon been lost to my many other distractions had everything else not gone to hell that day.
Nothing More Dangerous by Allen Eskens
After fifteen years of growing up in the Ozark hills with his widowed mother, high-school freshman Boady Sanden is beyond ready to move on. He dreams of glass towers and cityscapes, driven by his desire to be anywhere other than Jessup, Missouri. The new kid at St. Ignatius High School, if he isn’t being pushed around, he is being completely ignored. Even his beloved woods, his playground as a child and his sanctuary as he grew older, seem to be closing in on him, suffocating him.
Then Thomas Elgin moves in across the road, and Boady’s life begins to twist and turn. Coming to know the Elgins–a black family settling into a community where notions of “us” and “them” carry the weight of history–forces Boady to rethink his understanding of the world he’s taken for granted. Secrets hidden in plain sight begin to unfold: the mother who wraps herself in the loss of her husband, the neighbor who carries the wounds of a mysterious past that he holds close, the quiet boss who is fighting his own hidden battle.
But the biggest secret of all is the disappearance of Lida Poe, the African-American woman who keeps the books at the local plastics factory. Word has it that Ms. Poe left town, along with a hundred thousand dollars of company money. Although Boady has never met the missing woman, he discovers that the threads of her life are woven into the deepest fabric of his world.
As the mystery of her fate plays out, Boady begins to see the stark lines of race and class that both bind and divide this small town, and he is forced to choose sides.
Publisher: Mulholland Books
Publication Date: 11/12/2019
Pages: 291 (Hardback)
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