Thursday, May 7, 2015

Book Beginning: Baby's on Fire by Liz Prato


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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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.

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