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January 29, 2020
Our monthly look at some of the best first lines by BookLife authors

This month, we’ve got elephants in the room, a cozy mystery, pointillist painting, and a memoir of survival.

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Elephants in My Room

Christie Nicholls

“In 1989, my immediate family spent the first of two summers in Belém, Brazil, joining my dad (a nerdy and fierce oceanographer) on his research appointment at the Universidade Federal do Pará.”


The Ghosts of Notchey Creek

Liz S. Andrews

“Moonlight filtered through the
windows, sending a pool of gray light over Beau Arson in his bed.”


The Girl Who Said Goodbye 

Heather Allen

“It was long, black, and looked ordinary.”


God’s Patient Pursuit of My Soul

Chris Manion

“Shaping a life, both the living of it and the telling of it, is an elusive creative
process, somewhat like a pointillist painting.”


A Last Survivor of the Orphan Trains

William Walters and Victoria Golden

“I don’t remember my mother but I remember her coffin.”