The Friday 56 is a weekly meme hosted over at Freda’s Voice. The rules are simple and go something like this.
1. Grab a book, any book.
2. Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader (If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
3. Find any sentence, (or a few, just don’t spoil it)
4. Post it.
5. Add the post url, not your blog url to the Linky.
6. Tweet it #Friday56 (not an official Freda’s Voice rule)
Unfortunately, I didn’t get to Mira T. Lee’s début novel Everything Here is Beautiful during Bout of Books. I hope to finish reading and post my review on Sunday. So far I am really enjoying it.
As far as I was concerned, pregnancy was a woman’s business. I didn’t need to know the details. Babies have been born since the beginning of time, in caves and fields and taxicabs, I figured they know what to do. “Stop joking, Manny.” said Lucia. She punched my arm. Chinita was determine to prepare. She took special vitamins. Went to bed early. Weighed herself every day. She practiced breathing. Drank herbal teas. Joined chat rooms on the Internet. Every week she’d report something new she just learned. “The baby is the size of a grape today.” “The baby has fingernails now.” “Soon the baby will make pee.”
pg. 56 Everything Here is Beautiful by Mira T. Lee
Everything Here Is Beautiful Synopsis from Goodreads:
Two sisters: Miranda, the older, responsible one, always her younger sister’s protector; Lucia, the vibrant, headstrong, unconventional one, whose impulses are huge and, often, life changing. When their mother dies and Lucia starts to hear voices, it’s Miranda who must fight for the help her sister needs — even as Lucia refuses to be defined by any doctor’s diagnosis.
Determined, impetuous, she plows ahead, marrying a big-hearted Israeli only to leave him, suddenly, to have a baby with a young Latino immigrant. She will move with her new family to Ecuador, but the bitter constant remains: she cannot escape her own mental illness. Lucia lives life on a grand scale, until inevitably, she crashes to earth. And then Miranda must decide, again, whether or not to step in — but this time, Lucia may not want to be saved. The bonds of sisterly devotion stretch across oceans, but what does it take to break them?
Told from alternating perspectives, Everything Here Is Beautiful is, at its core, a heart-wrenching family drama about relationships and tough choices — how much we’re willing to sacrifice for the ones we love, and when it’s time to let go and save ourselves.