Today I’m participating in First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, hosted by Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea, in which bloggers share a bit about a book they’re reading or planning to read soon.
I started reading The Money Tree recently.
A few years from now
The money tree, Juniperus lucre, is a common sight in the suburban gardens and hedges. It does not do well on roadsides or near airports, but in large landscaped areas – country gardens, urban parks and the like – it flourishes. Properly fertilized, the lush foliage is a pleasure to contemplate. The branched head makes the tre a natural candidate for decoration and on national holidays, money trees decked out as historical figreus are a common sight.
Chapter 1 – Harvest Time
The present day
A tractor filled the entrance to the grove. Jane Frisby sat on the swiveled tractor seat, with the winch leaver on one side and a megaphone on the other. She was motionless except for one finger, which tapped against the underside of the seat. She stared unseeing at the grove of trees, listening intently, a woman in her late thirties, of classic beauty with a brisk self-deprecating manner.
The Frisbys have been growing money for ten years on their island farm and George has nearly perfected the art. Jane tolerates the temperamental money tree while worrying about its legality and her family’s safety. She also worries about the children. Daffy (18) is torn between careers in terrorism and economics (“How do we get from bad money to good money without going through hyperinflation?”), while 12-year-old Mike divides the world into soakers and soakees and wants to franchise the money tree. For ten years, the Frisbys have been harvesting their annual crop, and flawless Frisby dollars have been circulating freely. Then the Secret Service takes notice, and when forensic analysis proves dollars can be grown on trees, agents begin a rapid but stealthy search for the source, a search that soon turns international. Examining the stability of our monetary system, The Money Tree explores old money like silver coinage and new digital currencies like Bitcoin. At heart, though, this is a story of a tempestuous but loving family and its relationship to its island neighbors.
Would you keep reading?