First Line Fridays #2

Happy Friday everyone! How has your week gone? Whose ready to read some more first lines?

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

First Lines Fridays

Here’s this week’s first lines:

“I haven’t seen Tom in three and a half years. He came home for a month or so in December of ’92 – the day after Christmas – because his father was on the way out, bisected by a bad stroke and pining for the whole family to be around him at the send off.”


This beginning seems to suggest a sadness will permeate through the novel, with the focus on the father’s death and the estrangement from Tom (whether for ordinary or unhappy reasons). I’m immediately wondering who Tom is to the narrator, and where he’s been while away from home.

What are your impressions from these first lines?


A few clues before I reveal the cover:

  • This book was first published in 2018, and the paperback published just a couple of weeks ago;
  • The writer is Irish;
  • The book has been described as ‘bawdy’, ‘ambitious’, and ‘tender’;


Ready for the reveal?



What do you think? Does this match the impression offered by the first lines? Would you read this book based on the first lines alone?

Let me know in the comments!

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