Friday, August 10, 2012
Book Beginnings: The Angels' Share
Every Friday Rose City Reader hosts Book Beginnings on Fridays. What you do is share the opening line(s) of the book you are currently reading and briefly discuss what you think about the opening line or the book or whatever else inspires you. Make sure to share your entry with Rose City Reader and in my comments below.
Here's my book beginning:
"At first, I thought I was alone. I awoke face down in the gravel to rivets of pain when I tried to blink or move or take more than a tiny sip of air. Willing myself forward, I crawled out of the harsh sunlight to the coiled hose by the side of the garage. Hot, plastic-tasting water turned sweet and cold giving my cells something to work with. I lay back down on the sharp muddy stones. What had happened?"
-The Angels' Share, by Rayme Waters
It's a pretty brutal opening, and very well-written. I have about 100 pages left and should finish the book by the weekend. Overall I'd say it's pretty good, but I think Waters tried to do a little too much and the book comes off as unfocused at times, held together only by her strong writing.