Friday, November 6, 2015

Book Beginnings: Three Story House

Book Beginnings on Friday is a meme hosted by Gilion at Rose City Reader. Anyone can participate; just share the opening sentence of your current read, making sure that you include the title and author so others know what you're reading.

Three Story House by Courtney Miller Santo

"As the only child of an only child, Lizzie Linwood had never given much thought to cousins."

Naturally, as one with a lot of siblings and a lot of cousins, I found this intriguing. Of course the next sentence must be about how she meets some cousins who will be important to her (through a second marriage, otherwise she can't just have cousins pop up out of thin air.)

My editor's eye likes how this one sentence gives us a heck of a lot of information about Lizzie, about how she grew up, about her parents, and about who is about to become very important in her life. That's a lot of info for one short, seemingly simple sentence.


Sandra Nachlinger said...

I like this opening a lot. You're right -- it gives a lot of information and creates a sense of foreboding too. We KNOW she's going to encounter some cousins she knew nothing about! Good writing.
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Maria said...

I too like the opening and as the oldest of 4 girls with lots of cousins (my mom was one of 18 children and my dad was the oldest of 6) i have to admit it grabbed my attention and made me wonder just how many and what kind of cousins she's getting. Here's My Friday Post