Friday, March 24, 2023

The Last Karankawas by Kimberly Garza: Friday Book Friends: Book Beginnings on Fridays, First Line Friday, The Friday 56, and Book Blogger Hop

Today's Featured Book: 

The Last Karankawas by Kimberly Garza

Genre: Fiction

Published: August 9, 2022

Page Count: 288 pages


Welcome to Galveston, Texas. Population 50,241.

A popular tourist destination and major shipping port, Galveston attracts millions of visitors each year. Yet of those who come to drink by the beach, few stray from the boulevards to Fish Village, the neighborhood home to individuals who for generations have powered the island.

Carly Castillo has only ever known Fish Village. Her grandmother claims that they descend from the Karankawas, an indigenous Texas people once believed to be extinct, thereby tethering them to Galveston. But as Carly ages, she begins to imagine a life elsewhere, undefined by her family’s history. Meanwhile, her boyfriend and all-star shortstop turned seaman, Jess, treasures the salty, familiar air. He’s gotten chances to leave Galveston for bigger cities with more possibilities. But he didn’t take them then, and he sure as hell won’t now. When word spreads of a storm gathering strength offshore, building into Hurricane Ike, each Galveston resident must make a difficult decision: board up the windows and hunker down or flee inland and abandon their hard-won homes.


BOOK BEGINNINGS ON FRIDAY is hosted by Rose City ReaderWhat book are you happy about reading this week? Please share the opening sentence (or so) on BOOK BEGINNINGS ON FRIDAY! Add the link to your blog or social media post and visit other blogs to see what others are reading.

Happy Friday and welcome to the FIRST LINE FRIDAY, hosted by Reading is My Superpower! It’s time to grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line.

"In the parking lot of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, in the cool dusk--which is a lie already, because it is never really cool, not even on this January evening, since this is Texas and, more specifically, this is Galveston---we wait."

THE FRIDAY 56 is hosted by Freda's Voice. To play, open a book and turn to page 56 (or 56% on your e-reader). Find a sentence or two and post them, along with the book title and author. Then link up on Freda's Voice and visit others in the linky. 

"This is not the moment I've been waiting for. Just the latest in a series, times where I am faced with a choice I decided on long ago. I made this choice years ago while the doctor set my arm, my father's face grimacing and red above me, sobbing, Lo siento, mija, mi vida querida, lo siento. I decided again with the flashlight of border patrol screaming in my eyes. And again, last night: Luis's breath ruffling my hair, my words of wanting more hanging in the air between us like the hanging curve he used to throw. Before I showed him how."

The purpose of THE BOOK BLOGGER HOP is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, and befriend other bloggers. THE BOOK BLOGGER HOP is hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer   

March 24th - 30th - Are books a must-have in your home? (submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)

Is that even a question? Definitely! Most assuredly! Yes! Books are right up there with eating and breathing.

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