First Line Friday is a series of blog articles posted on the first Friday of every month. The first line of a story, we’re told, must hook the reader. Implied is that the reader will not buy the book if the first line isn’t great. For November, I thought I’d do something a little different and choose first lines from books featuring indigenous people. These entries are from Amazon, my personal library, or other online booksellers. I hope you find something that you’ll want to read.
The crisp autumn air provided the oxygen, the old wooden house provided the full, and an extension cord, run over by a vacuum cleaner earlier in the day, provided the spark.Comfrey Wyoming: Book Two Marcela’s Army Daphne Birkmyer
I dreamed about my brother.
In the dream, we were still kids—the same age we were the last time I saw him, gangly and uncoordinated.Hunting by Stars (A Marrow Thieves Novel) by Cherie Dimaline
The sultry weather had been building for days until the air weighed on Eddie’s bed like a damp blanket.All The Quiet Places by Brian Thomas Isaac
1837, Summer, Southeastern Edge of Comanche Territory
The Kane family set forth on a dream, in search of a new home.Little Moon (The People) Lucas Schmidt
This is how the Old People tie a knot: first, they did a hole. To keep the knot from slipping or breaking, the hole should be dug in darkness just after the first big flood of the many month when the clouds are thick and the mud is thick and the night is dark enough for digging.The Old People by J Perry
There are no affiliate links in this post. I don’t make a cent off of the books listed on this page. Usually these titles are pulled at random. They are here for your enjoyment. And to entice you to buy more books.
If you liked those first lines, you’ll put a gigantic smile on my face if you like these lines enough to buy a book:
The giant bronze angel of death loomed over Miranda Clarke’s shoulder.My Soul to Keep, Book One in the Fellowship Dystopia series by Lynette M. Burrows
One word and Ian Hobart’s world teetered into not safe.Fellowship, a Fellowship Dystopia companion novel, by Lynette M. Burrows
Do You Want to Read More?
Did you enjoy this list from books about Indigenous people? Check out previous First Line Fridays
What makes you want to buy a book?
The cover? The description? The first line?