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?
Diane at Bibliophile By the Sea asks us to share the first paragraph of a book we are reading. As you can see it’s called First Chapter, First Paragraph Tuesday Intros. Visit Diane to read more First Paragraphs.