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April 15, 2022
By PW Staff
A roundup of the best opening lines from titles by BookLife authors.
This month, we've got advancing waves, a stolen statue, a hula-loving worm, and so much more.
The Adversary

Maurício Limeira

 "I am alone and a frightening city sleeps on my foot."


Banned from California

Robert C. Steele

 "Jim Foshee had been planning his escape for months."


Branches: A Novel

Adam Peter Johnson

“I’m standing at the water’s edge when the phone call comes, sand to my ankles, sinking deeper with each advance of the waves breaking on the beach.”


Careless Love

Steve Zettler

"At her memorial service, I wanted to believe my mother’s story had something to do with me, that I was in some way a player, that I factored into her bygone scenario - the life that was hers before I was born."



Filling in the Black

 Joan Kantor

"The George Floyd verdict was a tipping point for me."



Fred the Hula Worm

Max Hanson

 “There once was a worm named Fred. He has a simple life; eating, sleeping, and making dirt. He enjoyed his life well enough, but what he wanted more than anything was to dance the Hula.”



Hot Air

Charlie Suisman

"The fact of the matter is, somebody stole the statue of Hezekiah Hesper, and for months nobody noticed."