Most of this morning has been taken up in writing another story, one I hope to share in at least rough form soon. Also, if you liked yesterday’s flash fiction, there will be more of those to follow. I’ve always been a fan of vignettes and short-shorts and such, whether by Jorge Luis Borges, Donald Barthelme, Robert Walser, or other such writers, though until recently, I haven’t written many. If you’re a writer, and you haven’t, try it. It’s a fun form, and it’s also challenge to create the impression and image of a complete story in only a few hundred words. Since I’m about to take the plunge into novel country again, I feel I need the practice at making every word count.
This morning, I’m also cross-posting at Rose City Reader, where Book Beginnings Friday is hosted. The object is to post the first sentence (or so) of the book you’re reading and share what it means to you, if necessary. Here’s mine, from a diptych of novellas by the excellent Michigan native Jim Harrison. (Many of you might recognise the name from Legends of the Fall. That’s a great novella collection as well, but the rest of his work is equally worth checking out.)
Clive awoke before dawn in a motel in Ypsilanti, Michigan, thinking that it was altogether possible that every woman in the world was married to the wrong man.
This is from “The Land of Unlikeness,” the first novella in The River Swimmer. I picked up the book because I liked his work, but the first sentence sucked me out of the stacks in the Atlanta-Fulton County Central Library, and into a world that was thrust into being in less than thirty words.
I’ll share my full observations of the book, and possibly a recommendation, later.
5 thoughts on “Book Beginnings Friday”
That’s an intriguing beginning. I can see thinking that some women are married to the wrong man and especially a specific woman but every woman sounds like there’s much more to that story!
There’s a lot to the story, just as there is a lot to the sentence, and I think if you’ve never read him before, it’s a great introduction. I have a date with the second novella in the collection tonight.
I’d definitely keep reading after that opening. How did he come to that conclusion?
Here’s the link to my Friday post: Coulda Been a Cowboy.
Liked your post. Most of the romance I’ve read is either historical or, umm, historical, but since that’s a major theme in one of my current projects, I’ve been trying to read more.
And of course, I can’t give anything away about the story, but it’s only a hundred pages or so (perfect novella length, I think, and I still think the novella is one of the most perfect forms of fiction)… you can read it over a glass or two of wine and a good bowl of popcorn.
I know for a fact that I am indeed married to the right man! (But I am still intrigued.)