First Lines: January 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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“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.”
Liz S. Andrews
“Moonlight filtered through the
windows, sending a pool of gray light over Beau Arson in his bed.”
“It was long, black, and looked ordinary.”
“Shaping a life, both the living of it and the telling of it, is an elusive creative
process, somewhat like a pointillist painting.”
William Walters and Victoria Golden
“I don’t remember my mother but I remember her coffin.”