Books

First line rundown pt. 4

More (potentially) famous first lines

“The strangest thing about my wife’s return from the dead was how other people reacted.”

—The Beginner’s Goodbye, Anne Tyler

“The one clear thing I can say about Wednesday, the worst and most amazing day of my life, is this: it started out beautifully.”

—From “The Infamous Bengal Ming,” the first in Rajesh Parameswaran’s collection I Am An Executioner: Love Stories

“They live on a housing estate outside of the town of Worcester, between the railway line and the National Road.”

—Scenes from Provincial Life, J.M. Coetzee

“This is when and where it all begins, with all the dreamers champagne-drunk and stumbling on the head of the Needle.”

—Truth Like the Sun, Jim Lynch