And in that spirit, here are the first lines of some of our favorite books of 2013:
She frightened me at every dawn the summer I stayed with her.
- The Maid’s Version by Daniel Woodrell
Mister hit Josephine with the palm of his hand across her left cheek and it was then she knew she would run.
- The House Girl by Tara Conklin
I was home from school, visiting my grandmother in Chicago, when she told me this story, a story that involved an old Polish custom: When a boy has his first birthday, his family sits him in his high chair, and on the tray before him they place three objects –
"Whatever the boy chooses," my grandmother says to me, "that will be his life."
- After Visiting Friends: A Son’s Story by Michael Hainey
At the mid-point of the path through life, I found
Myself lost in a wood so dark, the way
Ahead was blotted out.
- The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri (OK, the original source of this quote obviously didn’t come out in 2013, but it’s a classic!)
What’ll yours be?