First Paragraph: Wishin and Hopin by Wally Lamb
Women in my book club have been singing the praises of Wally Lamb. We put one of his books on our Reading List for 2014. I thought it would be a good idea to read a little something of Lamb’s first. This novella, Wishin’ and Hopin’ fit the spot. Here’s the first paragraph:
The year I was a fifth-grade student at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Parochial School, our teacher, Sister Dymphna, had a nervous breakdown in front of our class. To this day I can hear Sister’s screams and see her flailing attempts to shoo away the circling Prince of Darkness. I am, today what most people would consider a responsible citizen. I have an advanced degree in Film Studies, a tenured professorship, and an eco-friendly Prius. I vote, volunteer at the soup kitchen, compost, floss. A divorced dad, I remain on good terms with my ex-wife and have a close and loving relationship with our twenty-six-year-old daughter.
That said, my conscience and I have unfinished business. What follows is both my confession and my act of contrition. Forgive me reader, for I have sinned.
It was I who, on that long-ago day, triggered Sister’s meltdown. For this and all the sins of my past life, I am heartily sorry.
What do you think? Did it make you want to keep reading?
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