You had me at “last night.”

If I’m interested in a book by an unfamiliar author, I usually glance at the first few sentences to ensure I dig his/her writing style.First edition cover

I’ve never read Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, but I’d seen in the New York Times there was some hulabaloo about a potential Broadway show getting canceled, so I thought I’d check it out.

I checked a snippet of the book online, and was greeted by this jewel:

Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.

Now THAT is a first line. It’s simple and brief, but emotional and evocative. It makes me wonder why the narrator is dreaming of this place, and why she isn’t still there. What happened that made her leave it . . . and dream of it again?

Suffice it to say, Ms. du Maurier had me at “last night.” I’m looking forward to diving in to Rebecca . . . when HOUSE RULES is edited, of course. πŸ™‚

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