The Perfume Collector

My current read is proving to be a good one! I'm really enjoying The Perfume Collector  by Kathleen Tessaro. I have posted a few short paragraphs from the first chapter.

 Paris, Winter 1954
"Eva d’Orsey sat at the kitchen table, listening to the ticking clock, a copy of Le Figaro in front of her. This was the sound of time, moving away from her.
Taking another drag from a cigarette, she looked out of the window, into the cold misty morning. Paris was waking now, the grey dawn, streaked with orange, seeping slowly into a navy sky. She’d been up for hours, since four. Sleep had inched away from her these past years as the pain increased, shooting up along the left side of her body.

The doctor had given up on her months ago. His diagnosis: she was not a good patient; arrogant, refused to follow directions. The cirrhosis was spreading rapidly now, pitting her liver like a sponge. For him it was simple: she had to stop drinking."


What do you think? Would you continue reading?


Anonymous said...

Yes, keep reading. Think I read about this book on someone's blog recently and thought it sounded good. Look forward to your review.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

I actually like the intro, so I'd keep reading. Hope you end up loving this one.

Anonymous said...

I have heard about this book and it is very popular right now, but I haven't read it. It's a kind of melancholy intro, learning the woman is an alcoholic and she feels alienated from her husband. Hope you enjoy it.

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

The descriptions are vivid and I can sense the character's experiences....I would definitely keep reading.


Beth F said...

Oh that caught my attention. Yes I'd keep reading

Literary Feline said...

I've heard wonderful things about this book and the introduction is enticing. Thank you for sharing. :-)

kelley jensen said...

sounds sad, enjoy your book. Kelley at the road goes ever ever on