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Rachel-K
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First Impressions?

America America opens at a funeral, and with a small town newspaper editor speaking confidentially about a past he isn't sure he wants to "bring back."

 

What are the advantages of starting a story with the funeral of one of its important characters?

 

What do you make of Corey Sifter, of the inexperienced intern who needles him, of the characters at the funeral? What are you expecting from the novel after this opening?

 

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Re: First Impressions?


rkubie wrote:

America America opens at a funeral, and with a small town newspaper editor speaking confidentially about a past he isn't sure he wants to "bring back."

 

What are the advantages of starting a story with the funeral of one of its important characters?


"There was no one else alive now who knew."   (pg. 15)

 

When I read this line, I thought that the narrator, Corey, felt ready and obligated to say what he knew about Senator Bonwiller.  Therefore, I expected a truthful and complete story from him.  Corey felt free to speak since the Senator had died and did not feel the need to protect the Senator from himself, so to speak.

 

 

Laura

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rkubie wrote:

What do you make of ... the inexperienced intern who needles him ... ?


She annoyed me!

 

Luckily, she became much less annoying very quickly!  LOL!

Laura

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I wanted to add that the setting of the book, upstate New York, and the small town with a rich patriarch, reminded me of Richard Russo's book, Empire Falls.  I assume this is a common first impression. 
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