“The people of Bone Gap called Finn a lot of things, but none of them was his name. When he was little, they called him Spaceman. Sidetrack. Moonface. You. As he got older, they called him Pretty Boy. Loner. Brother. Dude.
But whatever they called him, they called him fondly. Despite his odd expressions, his strange distraction, and that annoying way he had of creeping up on a person, they knew him as well as they knew anyone. As well as they knew themselves. They knew him like they knew that Old Charlie Valentine preferred his chickens to his great-grandchildren, and sometimes let them roost in the house. (The chickens, not the children.) The way they knew that the Cordero family had a ghost that liked to rifle through the fridge at night. The way they knew that Priscilla Willis, the beekeeper’s homely daughter, had a sting worse than any bee. The way they knew that Bone Gap had gaps just wide enough for people to slip through, or slip away, leaving only their stories behind.
As for Finn, well, they thought he was a little weird, but that was okay with them. ‘Yeah, that boy’s nuttier than a honey cluster,’ they might say. ‘But he’s a fine-looking nut. A sharp nut. Our nut.’ Finn, they were sure, had his heart in the right place. Just the way they did.
Eventually, though, they found out that there was a good reason for Finn’s odd expressions, his strange distraction, that annoying way he had of creeping up on a person. A good reason he never looked anyone in the eye.
But by then it was too late, and the girl they loved most—and knew least of all—was gone.”
So begins Laura Ruby’s Bone Gap. When I picked it up off the shelf I read this first little morsel, and I was sold. Beyond the foreshadowing of mysteries and allusions to gaps in the fabric of the world to come, this book has one of my readerly things, and that’s small town life. For whatever reason I love reading about small communities where everyone knows random ass details about other people, and the fact that this book STARTED with a listing of eccentric small town characters was a huge hook for me.
How about you, readers? Would you read this book based on the beginning?