1. Befriending Giants
2. Things to Say When You Don’t Know What to Say But Don’t Want to Stay Silent
3. The Summer of Finches
4. The Madcap Man on Wimpole Street
5. Building a Chair
Five first sentences:
1. Catherine didn’t know how she was going to do it, but she’d made up her mind and there was no turning back now.
2. In a small chest, half-buried in sand, deep down in the darkest corner of the ocean, lies a piece of my heart with a gold thread wrapped around it.
3. Sometimes you don’t feel like going to work; it’s a thing.
4. She looked at me and laughed the sweetest laugh I’d ever heard, and I realized finally that she reminded me of my mother.
5. The highway patrolman spat on the ground and looked at his watch; his shift was far from over.
Five fictional quotes:
1. “I wouldn’t touch the balloon if I were you. It’s unsafe, you know.”
2. “Me? Freak out? I so did not freak out. I may have gotten giddy. Just a little bit. But I seriously did not freak out, okay?”
3. “Dickens didn’t write an autobiography. He wrote David Copperfield instead. What does that tell us about the book? Should we treat it as an autobiography? As a novel? As a mix of the two? Come on, people, you’d think I was the only one in this room. Talk to me!”
4. “There are some things you just don’t say. If I ever had any respect for you, it would have dissipated right around now.”
5. “Ready… Set… FLY!”
Five last sentences:
1. She died that day, and though I knew that it was a sticky, humid morning, I couldn’t help picturing it as a perfect autumn afternoon.
2. He freed his hair from its restraining cap and shook out his long curls for all the world to see them one last time.
3. An eagle let out a cry and the party below all looked up and shaded their eyes to watch the majestic creature swoop.
4. The coffee cup stayed in the sink for months before anyone dared wash it out again.
5. No one picked up the phone, so I left a message, but the machine cut me off before I finished speaking.