Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea hosts First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros. This week's intro is from Dirty Secret by Jessie Sholl:
I take an early flight and arrive in Minneapolis in the late morning. That afternoon my stepmom Sandy and I are meeting my mother at the lawyer's office so I can sign the papers about the house. My dad and Sandy normally have limited contact with my mother, but before I left New York Sandy called me and offered to help in anyway she could; she even agreed to let my mother sign power of attorney over to her, since I live so far away. I wish I could call my brother so he could help, but that's not an option.
When my mother arrives, Sandy and I are waiting for her in the parking lot in front of the lawyer's office. My mom gets out of her giant rusty car and I try to ignore the fact that the backseat is piled to the ceiling with garbage bags, clothes and God only knows what else. It's April and warm for a Minneapolis spring. My mother's in one of her signature knee-length sweater coats, the baggy black leggings she's taken to wearing in the last few years, and a roomy pale blue T-shirt, or as she say sin her lingering Boston accent, "a jersey." Her keys hang on an orange plastic coil around her neck. Her curly hair is completely gray now -- sometimes she dyes it brown or auburn -- and cut in chin-length bob, with bangs. It looks pretty decent for cutting it herself.