The Last September, by Nina De Gramont (Algonquin Books, September 2015). This is the opening paragraph:
Because I am a student of literature, I will start my story on the day Charlie died. In other words, I’m beginning in the middle. In medias res, that’s the Latin term, and though my specialty is American Renaissance poetry, I did have to study the classics. Homer, Dante, Milton. They knew about the middle, how all of life revolves around a single moment in time. Everything that comes before leads up to that moment. Everything that comes afterward springs from that moment.Initial Thoughts:
In my case, that moment—that middle—is my husband’s murder.
Well, it's a little talky. But I think it's intriguing enough to keep me reading. What do you think? Does that opening passage draw you in, or turn you off?
Rose City Reader hosts Book Beginnings on Fridays. As she says, the idea is to post the first sentence (or so) of the book you're currently reading, along with any first impressions or thoughts you have about the book, the author, etc. It's a wonderful way of adding new books to your must-read list, and a chance to connect with other readers and bloggers.