Fall’s First Lines

We’ve matched up the first lines of our Fall 2014 fiction with the titles from which they come. This handy-dandy guide also serves as the answer key for the Fall’s First Lines quiz in our new Inside Algonquin newsletter. (Have you signed up for the Inside Algonquin newsletter? Oh, please do! It’s great fun.)

Sherl_CuriousPeople_zoe_green_fulljacket1.“I’m breaking up with Adrian on the corner of Charles and Mulberry where he’s passing out half-sheet advertisements for his band, the Babymakers.”
B. The Future for Curious People by Gregory Sherl





Clarke_HappiestPeople_jkt_rgb_LR2.“The moose head was fixed to the wall, the microphone in its mouth was broken, but the camera in its left eye was working just fine, and as far as the moose could see, this was just another Friday night in the Lumber Lodge!

A. The Happiest People in the World by Brock Clarke




Johnston_Descent_HC_jkt_rgb_LRsm3. “Her name was Caitlin, she was eighteen, and her own hear would sometimes wake her — flying away in that dream-race where finish lines grew farther away not nearer, where knees turned to taffy, or feet to stones.”

C. Descent by Tim Johnston




Roorbach_RemedyforLove_jkt_rgb_HC_HR updated4.“The young woman ahead of him in line at the Hannaford Superstore was unusually fragrant, smelled like wood smoke and dirty clothes and cough drops or maybe Ben-Gay, eucalyptus anyway.”

E. The Remedy for Love by Bill Roorbach




High Divide Jacket5. “That summer was cool and windless, the clouds unrelenting, as if God had reached out his hand one day and nudged the sun from its rightful place.”

D. The High Divide by Lin Enger






Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *