Friday, January 4, 2013

Book Beginnings: We the Enemy

Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name.

TWITTER, ETC:If you are on Twitter, please tweet a link to your post using the hash tag #BookBeginnings. I also recently signed up for Google+ and have a button over there in the right-hand column to join my circles or whatever it is. I don't really understand yet how that one works.

MR. LINKY: Please leave a link to your post below. If you don't have a blog, but want to participate, please leave a comment with your Book Beginning.


The young woman laughed and swung the child back and forth.
-- We the Enemy by Ray Rhamey.  This is a sadly timely story because it was a school shooting several years ago in California that inspired Rhamey to write the book.  He wrote it to address the issue of gun violence.

I met Ray when we were on a panel together at the Wordstock book festival.  He is a writer and editor and has a very fun blog called Flogging the Quill, where he offers to critique the first page of someone's manuscript, with readers' comments and votes on whether they would read past the first page.


  1. This is the first time I'm doing this :)

  2. Oh, this one sounds good! Thanks for sharing....

  3. Happy beginning! Thanks for sharing this with us =)

  4. Light beginning...heavy theme--gun violence. Thanks for hosting!

  5. That's an interesting beginning because it seems so happy, but reading the description of the book, it makes you suspect that it obviously won't stay that way!

  6. Like others have said, it seems like a cheery beginning, but then the topic of the book is quite serious. Thanks for the link to the author's blog. I'll need to check that out soon.

  7. Hi Gilion,

    Those first lines are leading me into a false sense of security, which would definitely keep me reading, blissfully unaware of the consequences to follow!

    I was curious enough to check out both book and author and this is definitely one for my list and very timely, given recent events in the latest gun fuelled school shooting in the US.

    Maybe the politicians should read this book!

    Thanks for sharing and hosting,


  8. I love that opening line! It makes me remember when my parents did that with me ^_____^

    sinn @ sinnful books

  9. Happy New Year, my BBOF friends! Thanks for sharing your links. I look forward to another year of good beginnings.

  10. Gillon,
    Happy new year to you and thanks for hosting Book Beginnings!

  11. the beginning did make me smile.. and then i read the description.. will check it out though

  12. Sounds like the author is all about book beginnings then!

    It took me almost ten years before I could read a story that had to do with 9/11/01, so I have to admit that if a book started this way, I'd probably set it aside for something else for a while.

  13. Gun violence is a daring and delicate topic to write about in our times. Good for someone to tackle it! I'm not sure though that I'm ready to read about it. :-(


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