Friday 56

The Friday 56 is a weekly blog meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. Join in every Friday, the rules are simple.

Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
*Find any sentence (or a few, just don’t spoil it) that grab you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post here in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. It’s that simple.

Family Life by Akhil Sharma

“I didn’t cry at home because or at the hospital because I didn’t want to add to my parents’ problems. On the way to school, though, I would. Strange things made me cry. The weight of my book bag, how it pushed me down would set me crying. Sometimes some thought of Birju would brush against me. My mother had written to the Bronx High School of Science and obtained a year’s deferment. As I sobbed, I would be amazed at how much I loved my brother. I had not known he mattered so much to me.”

~Akhil Sharma, Family Life: A Novel

(Pssst: I bought this book because I enjoyed hearing the author speak at the NYPL. If you’re curious, that post is here)

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9 thoughts on “Friday 56

    1. I haven’t started it yet, but his brother suffers an accident that leaves him paralyzed and bed-ridden, and the rest of the family struggles with a life of round the clock medical care, etc… It sounds too depressing for me to have picked up based on the plot synopsis, but I heard the writer speak, and he displayed such good “sense” I thought the book would be worth the read. The little bit I’ve read is very well executed so far.

  1. This does sound like a heavy read – but the excerpt you gave was really well written. Kids can hide a lot from their parents in wanting to protect their feelings. Makes me want to remember to push a bit to get them talking.

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