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The best first sentence of the Read-A-Thon

April 9, 2011

Heading into hour 12 or so of the Readathon. The halfway mark. So far I’ve read historical fiction (very good) a YA forensic mystery (gross serial killing, but good) and a memoir about growing up Puerto Rican in New York while feeling like a misfit with red hair and trying drugs, art and comedy along the way (good, funny, convinces me I’ll never get to write a memoir because my family is loving and normal.)

Now, I give you the book I’ve been saving to read… Shadows Bright as Glass, by Star-Ledger writer Amy Ellis Nutt. It tells the story of Jon Sarkin, a man who became an artist suddenly- because he had a brain trauma, and it tripped a wire in his brain.

Here’s the intro:

The swirling waters along the North Shore of Boston are anchored by a geography of grief: Great Misery Island, Cripple Cove, the reef of Norman’s Woe. Jon Sarkin is comfortable in this landscape, shaped as it is by loss.



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