Thursday, May 7, 2015

Book Beginning: Baby's on Fire by Liz Prato


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Three months after I graduated from Colorado College, and things weren't going well. . . . Then my boyfriend cheated on my with a girl he met while volunteering for Habitat for Humanity.

-- from the title story in Baby's on Fire by Liz Prato, published by Press53. This is a collection of 12 stories, set in the West, featuring strong female protagonists trying to find their own way in the world.

I confess that I do not like opening sentences that are not sentences, they are a time and a place, and are designed to set an immediate scene, but they lack a verb, and so are not sentences. But since I got a real chuckle out of the image of infidelity while building a Habitat House, I don't so mind the fragment.

If you are west of the Mississippi, Prato has several readings and other events coming up before the end of June.  Check out her calendar for opportunities near you.


  1. This one sounds good! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Where's the baby on fire? :) Now I need to go find out more ...!

  3. He sounds like a jerk off.

  4. I chuckled about the do-gooder infidelity also, Gillon. Have a good weekend!

  5. Very interesting opening! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  7. I too got a laugh out of the line about infidelity building houses for the less fortunate. This sounds like an interesting book. I am seeing more short story anthologies popping up! That's good for me because I want to publish short stories eventually! :)

  8. I agree, it made me chuckle too. I forgive most things if someone makes me laugh!

  9. I love short stories and ones that focus on women are even better! The beginning made me chuckle as well although I do feel bad for the main character! Thanks for hosting :) I hope you have a great week!
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    Juli @ Universe in Words

  10. There's definitely some irony in the Habitat infidelity! This sounds entertaining. I like the voice at the beginning.

  11. I like the cover and the title. :)

    Not sure I will read it, though.

    THANKS for sharing.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Beginnings

  12. You would be a tough editor. We need more of those!

    Yes, I got a little laugh out of this opening, too. I don't read many story collections, but this is one I might have to check out.


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