First Lines Friday is a weekly feature hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?
Here’s how it works!
- Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
- Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
- Finally… reveal the book!
What’s in a name? For many, nothing. For some, not nothing, but not much. For a very few, blessed or cursed, it’s everything. I’m one of those few. And if you’re wondering, I usually count myself among the cursed.
No Relation by Terry Fallis
In honour of Canada Day, I decided to feature a book by one of my favourite Canadian authors today. No Relation is a very fun book with a group of people who all happen to share their names with famous people. It’s been a while since I’ve read It, but I remember lots of laugh-out-loud moments and I definitely recommend it.
Goodreads Synopsis: What’s in a name?
After 15 years, a NYC copywriter is suddenly fired, and single. But his worst trouble? Meet Earnest Hemmingway, bedeviled by moniker of famous author Ernest Hemingway. Earnest’s father pressures him to come home and help run the family clothing business. As a complex familial battle plays out, Earnest’s inherited name leads him in unexpected directions.