American Book Review recently posted a list of the best 100 first lines from novels. I'm not sure why there are so many non-American books given the publication's name but I'll cut them slack on that one. But did the list need to have so many dead white men? It's practically a list of the English Literary canon - circa 1990. Really, THREE Joyces? Only 21 women and no Brontes? Here's my favorite first line ever. What's yours?
"Captain Ahab was neither my first husband, nor my last."
Ahab's Wife: Or, The Star-Gazer by Sena Jeter Naslund