Thursday, June 24, 2010

Book Beginnings on Friday

Hosted by Becky at Page Turners.

Share the opening sentence of your current read, include the title and author. If you like, share with everyone why you do, or do not, like the sentence.

In the Sanctuary of Outcasts by Neil White 
US 2010 non fiction, memoir

"Daddy is going to camp. That's what I told my children... But it wasn't camp. It was prison."

Daddy is in for a shock when he discovers that the prison shares the grounds with the home of a leper colony in Carville, Louisiana, USA. This is a fascinating and informative story of one man's discovery of innocent outcasts and what is truly important in life. Such a good read, I'm not even stopping to eat. Don't miss this one.


  1. Sounds great. As a criminal law where most of my clients are in custody and I spend a fair bit of time in gaols as an outsider, I would love to read an inside account of what it's really like, and I like that there is something additionally special about this story. Great first line too. Such an honest way to start!

  2. Wow, that was a shocker. And what about visits. Wonder how he will explain that to his children.

    Mine's here.

  3. thanks for yours. this is mine.

    A.S. Byatt...Possession

    "The book was thick and black and covered with dust."

    If you take out the poem that begins the first chapter, that is.

  4. Wow, great opening! Glad you're enjoying it! Have a great weekend!

  5. I've heard some creative "explanations" for prison...I used to work with the children of incarcerated parents, and they often heard about daddy or mommy being on an "adult time-out."

    Here's mine:

  6. This looks very good - thanks for sharing this. Here's mine from the new Christian fantasy book, "The Testings of Devotion," by Cheryl Dellasega, which is an exciting read about God's angels and how they are warriors:

    "The angels followed Gabriel, moving closer together as the terrain changed from soft green grass to a stubbly mix of dirt and stone. By the time they reached the stretch of bare shale that tore at their feet like tiny teeth, some were forced to hold hands or lean on each other for support."

  7. I've read good reviews on this one!

  8. I really like that opening. Wish I could contribute, but today I am not reading, but plotting (a murder which takes place during a World Cup match - I wonder where that came from?)

  9. Thanks..this does sound good. What an original story line.

  10. I haven't read this but at some point it was added to my wish list; enjoy!!!

  11. This sounds interesting. I'm glad to see you back posting, Sandra, and hope this finds you well. Have a great week and happy reading.

  12. I really liked this one and I'm gotten bitten by a bug now to learn all I can about leprosy in this country.

  13. Thanks Sandra for the wonderful comment :)

    And this book sounds amazing :)



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