Members Quiz: First Lines from Twenty-First-Century Novels

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‘My name is Kathy H. I’m thirty-one years old, and I’ve been a carer now for over eleven years.’

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‘My friendship with Lila began the day we decided to go up the dark stairs that led, step after step, flight after flight, to the door of Don Achille‘s apartment.’

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‘They were young, educated and both virgins on this, their wedding night, and they lived in a time when a conversation about sexual difficulties was plainly impossible.’

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‘It was the happiest moment of my life, though I didn‘t know it.’

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‘I was born twice: First, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day in January of 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan, in August of 1974.’

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‘Before the flight I was invited for lunch at a London club with a billionaire I’d been promised had liberal credentials.’

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‘So now get up.’

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‘Even in death the boys were trouble.’

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‘It was the worst of times, it was the worst of times.’

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‘It began the usual way, in the bathroom of the Lassimo Hotel.’

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‘As Orson Welles told us, if we want a happy ending, it depends on where we stop the story.’

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‘I am already at an age and additionally in a state where I must always wash my feet thoroughly before bed, in the event of having to removed by an ambulance in the Night.’

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Members Quiz: First Lines from Twenty-First-Century Novels
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