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What’s Your Favorite Opening Line Of A Book?

The opening line of a novel tends to set the mood for the entire story.  So I want to know what you’re favorite opening lines of a book are.  Here are a few of my faves

My mother died at the moment I was born, and so for my whole life there was nothing standing between me and eternity; at my back was always a bleak, black wind.”

– Xuela by Jamaica Kincaid

It happened for the first time on a Tuesday afternoon, a warm spring day in the flatlands near Hollywood, a light breeze moving east from the ocean and stirring the black eyed pansy petals newly planted in our flower boxes.

– The Particular Sadness Of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

I was born twice: first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day in January of 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan, in August of 1974.

– Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

What are some of your favorites?

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