Thirty Days of First Lines: Day 25

Today, keeping to first paragraphs rather than just lines, here’s the curtain-opener to Anne Enright’s luminous The Gathering:

the-gathering“I would like to write down what happened in my grandmother’s house the summer I was eight or nine, but I am not sure if it really did happen. I need to bear witness to an uncertain event. I feel it roaring inside me – this thing that may not have taken place. I don’t even know what name to put on it. I think you might call it a crime of the flesh, but the flesh is long fallen away and I am not sure what hurt may linger in the bones.”

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