Raking in First Lines of Fall 2012 Quiz

Here are the answers to our First Lines of Fall 2012 Quiz (below). Did you match the right line with the right book? Those who did will be eligible to win free advance copies of the title of their choice. (Winner will receive an email notifying them.) No matter, though. You can still click below to read more about this upcoming books. Enjoy…

“I was broke when duty called me to minister to those less fortunate than myself, so maybe I’m no Florence Nightingale.”

The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving

by Jonathan Evison

“Sly and surprising, The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving is both a goofy road trip and a mission of atonement. Jonathan Evison has the singular ability to make the heartbreaking seem jaunty.” —Stewart O’Nan, author of The Odds: A Love Story


“I have a thing about last meals.”

Life Among Giants

by Bill Roorbach

Life Among Giants is a wild ride of a novel, deliciously visceral, psychologically twisted, furiously engaging.” —Pam Houston, author of Contents May Have Shifted

At seventeen, David “Lizard” Hochmeyer is nearly seven feet tall, a star quarterback, and Princeton-bound. His future seems all but assured until his parents are mysteriously murdered, leaving Lizard and his older sister, Kate, adrift and alone.


“The grandmother stares in the direction of her foot where her big right toe is missing.”

The Beach at Galle Road

by Joanna Luloff

The lives of Sri Lankan natives and American Peace Corps workers intersect during a time of change and crisis in this accomplished collection of interconnected stories—a debut by an immensely talented young writer.


“I thought my dad was just like every other dad, until the day I worked my first Sunday brunch.”

Memoir of the Sunday Brunch

by Julia Pandl

For Julia Pandl, the rite of passage into young-adulthood included mandatory service at her family’s restaurant, where she watched as her father—who was also the chef—ruled with the strictness of a drill sergeant.


“It was just past 8:00am and the road winding through the foothills north of Flagstaff was deserted.”

Comet’s Tale

by Steven D. Wolf

Forced into early retirement by a spinal condition, Steven Wolf reluctantly left his family and moved to Arizona for its warm winter climate. A lifelong dog lover, the former hard-driving attorney is drawn to a local group that rescues retired racing greyhounds. When Comet, a once-abused cinnamon-striped racer, chooses to “adopt” Wolf, he has no idea that a life-altering relationship has begun—for both of them.


 “I step back and scrutinize the paintings.”

The Art Forger

by B.A. Shapiro

On March 18, 1990, thirteen works of art today worth over $500 million were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. It remains the largest unsolved art heist in history, and Claire Roth, a struggling young artist, is about to discover that there’s more to this crime than meets the eye.

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