First Sentences


I’d come five years and two thousand miles to stand in the rain while they prepared my brother for his own murder.


First Sentences

When Jesus decided to run for president of the United States he began his campaign, sensibly enough, with a miracle. Two miracles, in fact. So I should probably start this story with a line like, In the beginning were the miracles, but the truth is, at the time, most media people–me included–did not believe in miracles, certainly not where a run for the White House was concerned.

First Sentences

First, I’ll tell you about the robbery our parents committed.  Then about the murders, which happened later. the robbery is the more important part, since it served to set my and my sister’s lives on the courses they eventually followed. Nothing would make complete sense without that being told first.

Our parents were the least likely two people in the world to rob a bank. They weren’t strange people, not obviously criminals. No one would’ve thought they were destined to end up the way they did. They were just regular–although, of course, that kind of thinking became null and void the moment they did rob a bank.

Canada by Richard Ford

first sentences

The thing is, all memory is fiction. You have to remember that. Of course, there are things that actually, certifiably happened, things where you can pinpoint the day, the hour, and the minute. When you think about it, though, those things mostly seem to happen to other people.

Heading Out to Wonderful by Robert Goolrick

first sentences

That summer, Daddy went from telephoning and dynamiting fish to poisoning them with green walnuts. The dynamite was messy, and a couple years before he’d somehow got two fingers blown off, and the side of his face had a burn spot that at first glance looked like a lipstick kiss and at second glance looked like some kind of rash.

Edge of Dark Water by Joe R. Lansdale

Calico Joe

What a read by John Grisham!  Calico Joe delivers.

First sentences:

The tumor in my father’s pancreas was removed last week in an operation that lasted five hours and was more difficult than his surgeons had expected. Afterward, they delivered the grim news that most people in his condition could not expect to live for more than ninety days. Since I knew nothing of the surgery, or the tumor, I was not there when he was given his death sentence. Communication is not a priority with my father. Ten years ago he divorced one wife and had found another before word filtered down to me.

first sentences

When I was little I would think of ways to kill my daddy.  I would figure out this or that way and run it down through my head until it got easy.

Ellen Foster by Kaye Gibbons

a daughter’s memoir

I suspected that my father-in-law, Paul, was failing mentally when he set out swimming straight across Lake Michigan to Milwaukee, more than sixty miles away.

first sentences

The newcomer is told three things by the old New Orleans hand:  don’t walk on the lake side of the Quarter, don’t drink the water, and always take a United cab.

Jazz Funeral by Julie Smith

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