Every Tuesday, Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea hosts a weekly meme in which book lovers share the opening paragraph (sometimes two) of a book they've started to read or are thinking about reading soon. As readers, we often make our decision to continue with a book based on the opening lines.
So here is the book I have just started reading . . .
Here is the opening paragraph of Jessie Burton's The Miniaturist, a novel set in 17th century Amsterdam:
The funeral is supposed to be a quiet affair, for the deceased had no friends. But words are water in Amsterdam, they flood your ears and set the rot, and the church's east corner is crowded. She watches the scene unfold from the safety of the choir stall, as guildsmen and their wives approach the gaping grave like ants toward the honey. Soon, they are joined by VOC [NOTE: Dutch East India Company] clerks and ships' captains, regentesses, pastry makers--and him, still wearing that broad-brimmed hat. She tries to pity him. Pity, unlike hate, can be boxed and put away.
What do you think? Are you interested, and would you keep reading?