Friday, October 18, 2013

First Line Friday: Where Things Come Back

Welcome to First Line Friday, where I feature the first line of a book and its information to get you interested in reading whatever the book may be!
This week is:

Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley
Publication Date: May 3, 2011
Publisher: Atheneum Books
Pages: 228

First Line:
"I was seventeen years old when I saw my first dead body."

Summary: In the summer before Cullen's senior year, a nominally-depressed birdwatcher named John Barling thinks he spots a species of woodpecker thought to be extinct since the 1940s in Lily, Arkansas. His rediscovery of the so-called Lazarus Woodpecker sparks a flurry of press and woodpecker-mania. Soon all the kids are getting woodpecker haircuts and everyone's eating "Lazarus burgers." But as absurd as the town's carnival atmosphere has become, nothing is more startling than the realization that Cullen's sensitive, gifted fifteen-year-old brother Gabriel has suddenly and inexplicably disappeared.
While Cullen navigates his way through the summer of finding and losing love, holding his fragile family together, and muddling his way into adulthood, a young missionary in Africa, who has lost his faith, is searching for any semblance of meaning wherever he can find it.


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