Thursday, April 06, 2023

Top ten first lines in fiction

Liz Nugent has worked in Irish film, theater, and television for most of her adult life. She is an award-winning writer of radio and television drama and has written critically acclaimed short stories both for children and adults, as well as the bestselling novels Unraveling Oliver, Lying in Wait, and Little Cruelties. She lives in Dublin and has won four Irish Book Awards, as well as the James Joyce Medal for Literature.

Nugent's new novel is Strange Sally Diamond.

At the Guardian she tagged ten favorite opening lines in fiction, including:
Razorblade Tears by SA Cosby
Ike tried to remember a time when men with badges coming to his door early in the morning brought anything other than heartache and misery, but try as he might nothing came to mind.
Clearly, Cosby’s protagonist Ike has endured a lot of suffering and has also been on the wrong side of the law. With this line, Ike wins our sympathy. Men with badges have been turning up since childhood. Such a clever way to tell us that Ike is flawed, and also weary. And now we want to know the cause of the misery that is about to be revealed.
Read about another entry on the list.

Razorblade Tears is among Lesley Kara's six crime novels about settling old scores.

--Marshal Zeringue