Authors’ Favorite First Lines of Books

by Rachel Baker on August 25, 2013

Here’s a very comprehensive list of 22 authors’ favorite first lines from books they’ve read. The authors also talk about what moved them about the first lines. Its cool, go check it out.

So I reached out to Franzen and 21 other writers. In honor of King’s new novel Joyland and its nouveau-pulp publisher Hard Case Crime, there are a good number of crime writers featured in this list. Other writers I spoke to don’t write crime fiction at all, preferring to focus on other brands of human mystery. Collected below, the opening lines they picked range widely in tone and execution–but in each, you can almost feel the reader’s mind beginning to listen, hear the inward swing of some inviting door.

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