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.
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MY 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.