"Alison Pope paused at the top of the stairs."
— Tenth of December by George Saunders
"Philadelphia had the musty scent of history."
— Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
"I’d been shut up in my hotel for more than a week, afraid to telephone anybody or go out; and my heart scrambled and floundered at even the most innocent noises: elevator bell, rattle of the minibar cart, even church clocks tolling the hour, de Westertoren, Krijtberg, a dark edge to the clangor, an inwrought fairytale sense of doom."
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
We will be highlighting daily the not as famous but certainly just as important second lines of your favorite stories. How do authors follow up those famous first lines? You be the judge.
"An arrow of starlings fired from the windbreak’s thatch."
— The Pale King by David Foster Wallace
"Those who had been asleep woke up, and every boy rose to his feet as though surprised in his labours."
— Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
"An alarm clock clanged in the dark and silent room."