Why is it great? Have you ever read a book and found it hard to get over a terrible first line? You want to move on, and the other 100,000 sentences in the book may be just fine, but that first line just … keeps … stopping you. This is not one of those first lines. This is the kind where you know you’re going to love the book and you feel like you’ve made a friend. (Yes, this is two sentences, but I always said this category would never be bound by fussy rules.)

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