Monday, February 3, 2014
Calls to Adventures: Opening lines and the promises they make
by Amanda Arista
2. There was a time in Africa when people could fly. THE INVENTION OF WINGS, by Sue Monk Kidd
3. The found Seth Hubbard in the general area where he had promised to be, though not exactly in the condition expected. SYCAMORE ROW, by John Grisham
4. I may have found a solution to the wife problem. THE ROSIE PROJECT, by Graeme Simsion
5. It was all because of the Berlin wall. THE HUSBAND'S SECRET, by Liane Moriarty
All of these first lines not only are intriguing, but tell us exactly how the writer is going to tell the story. We know that Palahnick is going to be insane but a different kind of insane from Kinsella’s rampant fast-paced narration about shopping. Though Simsion’s The Rosie Project seems to be about marriage with its very scientific tone, it is strikingly different from the snarky one that Austen presents about the need for a wife.
Opening lines are the promise that writers make to readers that set the tone for the rest of the book. They are the call to adventure for the readers.
Author, Diaries of an Urban Panther Series