First lines. They draw you in. Entice you. Tease you into wanting more.
Great harbingers, these words are. Think of some of the most famous from the masters.
"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune,
must be in want of a wife."
— Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice (1813)
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope,
it was the winter of despair. "
— Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities (1859)
"Mother died today."
— Albert Camus, The Stranger (1942; trans. Stuart Gilbert)
Or these more recent openers from contemporary writing titans.
"Once upon a time, there was a woman who discovered she had
turned into the wrong person."
— Anne Tyler, Back When We Were Grownups (2001)
"My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when
I was murdered on December 6, 1973."
— Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones (2002)
"We were the Mulvaneys, remember us?"
— Joyce Carol Oates, We Were the Mulvaneys (1996)
As you might recall, Until My Soul Gets It Right (The Bibliophiles: Book Two) is a part of the Orangeberry Summer Splash Book Tour, which includes a site featuring the first lines from many of the participating novels. If you are interested, click here.
Who knows? You just might find the entrance way to another great journey…