Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Reads! Today I am sharing a few quotes from The Authenticity Project by Clare Pooley. This book is so unique and has a humorous element to it.
Book Beginnings is a book meme hosted by Rose City Reader where participants share quotes (the first sentence, or so) of the book, along with initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.
The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda’s Voice, and the rules are quite simple: Grab a book, any book, and turn to page 56 or 56% in your e-reader. Find any non-spoilery sentence(s) and post.
THIS WEEK’S BOOK:
Author: Clare Pooley
Publication Date: February 4, 2020
The story of a solitary green notebook that brings together six strangers and leads to unexpected friendship, and even love
"Everybody lies about their lives. What would happen if you shared the truth?"
This is the question that Julian Jessop, an eccentric, seventy-nine-year-old artist, poses within a pale green exercise book that he labels The Authenticity Project, before leaving it behind in Monica's Café.
When Monica discovers Julian's abandoned notebook, not only does she add her own story to the book, she is determined to find a way to help Julian feel less lonely.
And so it goes with the others who find the green notebook that will soon contain their deepest selves. It will also knit the group together In Real Life at Monica's Cafe, where they'll discover the thrill and sometime-risk of being completely honest--and, for some, find unexpected love.
With a cast of characters who are by turns quirky and funny, heartbreakingly sad and painfully true-to-life, The Authenticity Project is a novel readers will take to their hearts and read with unabashed pleasure.
She had tried to return the book. As soon as she realized it had been left behind, she’d picked it up and rushed after its extraordinary owner. But he’d gone.
“Do you really not have a mobile already?” asked Baz, with the total incomprehension of one born after the invention of the internet.
“Well, I haven’t been terribly mobile for a while, and nobody tends to telephone me, so what would be the point? I use that,” he said, gesturing at a dark-green Bakelite telephone in the corner with a dial and a heavy receiver attached to a coiled cord.
I am only a little bit into the book, but I am really appreciating the concept. What is really intriguing is the fact that the author has written from her personal experiences. I am looking forward to finding out how the story unfolds.