Novel Openings

On Wednesday, I'll be talking to Durham Tech students and faculty about novel openings and how those opening images and metaphors help us learn the language of the novel, how they teach us how to "read" the book. Off the top of my head, the my favorite's that come mind are Billy Bathgate (a young boy jumping onto a boat in the darkness, full of faith and confidence), All the Kings Men (a car teetering out of control), Jazz (a narrator whispering to the audience about something she heard), and Jesus' Son (our hero rising out of the water, heroin-addled and seeing the future, as if he'd been baptized). We'll see how it goes.