book beginnings on Friday: Before the Rain by Luisita Lopez Torregrosa

Thanks to Rose City Reader for hosting this meme. To participate, share the first line or two of the book you are currently reading and, if you feel so moved, let us know what your first impressions were based on that first line.

Before the Rain: A Memoir of Love and Revolution has one of the more impressive opening lines I’ve come across lately. I’m very glad to be able to share it with you!

In the years since that first letter came, postmarked NEW DELHI and written on pale lavender Claridge’s Hotel stationary, I have begun this story a hundred times, and each time I was afraid.

I find that lovely in that it says a great deal, piques the curiosity, and introduces the narrator, all at once; it also has a certain lyricism to it. I don’t know about you, but I now want very much to know what was in the letter and why it is a frightening story to tell. She next increases the suspense by taking two steps back in time and detailing scenes and characters unrelated to the lavender letter. I’m enjoying this one so far.

What are you reading this weekend?

This quotation comes from an uncorrected advance proof and is subject to change.

11 Responses

  1. Wow that is impressive…I wish my first line to any of my books was that awesome!

  2. Excellent quote.

    I’m going to start “The Raising” by Laura Kasischke, which is what my bookclub will be discussing next month.

    • I had to go look that one up – hadn’t heard of it – wow! I will be interested in hearing your response. Sounds like it could be a great thriller.

  3. Makes me wonder what the narrator is afraid of.

    Here’s my Book Beginning.

  4. I do wonder what there is to be afraid of….

    Here are my Friday Memes.

  5. Sounds like a great beginning!

  6. What a nice beginning. Here is my post:
    Book Beginnings

  7. Great beginning! I love the detail of the stationery description.

    Thanks for taking part in Book Beginnings on Friday!

  8. I want more! Why is she afraid?

    Here’s mine. Plus I have a giveaway of my featured book starting tomorrow:

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