John Irving knows how to start a novel

I just read the first five pages of A Widow for One Year by John Irving. And they were so good I’m not going to wait to finish the book to talk about it.

How to start a novel – get the reader interested in your character, get them asking questions. Hook them so tight, they can’t get away.

In five pages, Irving set a vivid scene and a created a vivid character out of a four year old girl who will remember almost nothing about the scene.

I have a ton of stuff to do today. I have a feeling I’m not going to get very much of it done.

It’s been awhile since I’ve read John Irving. I’m now wondering why.

I’ve read five pages, and I’m going to recommend this book.

Also, try to remember, guys, that a lampshade is open at both ends.


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