Welcome to First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books.
Today I’m featuring A Trail of Crumbs by Susie Finkbeiner [Kregel, 2017], the second Pearl Spence novel. I know, it is a bit soon to feature a book by an author I previously featured since this is only my third FLF, but let me explain. Today is my maternal grandmother’s ninety-sixth birthday. She would have been close to the same age as Pearl Spence in the 1930’s and though she lived in a different part of the country and had a very different life than Pearl’s, she also had some hard things happen at an early age.
She was probably never quite the daydreamer that Pearl is, but she is resilient, smart, and downright feisty – and probably always was….so as I read these novels, I can’t help but think of her (and my paternal grandmother, who was just a few months older).
So, here it is, the first line of A Trail of Crumbs:
“Red River, Oklahoma
Palm Sunday, April 14, 1935
If a girl could go blind from too bright a sky, I would have gazed upward anyhow, burning the sight right out of my eyes.“