Friday, December 29, 2017

Book Beginning: Randal Graham's Beforelife

Ian died at midnight on a Tuesday. Or maybe Wednesday. He couldn't be sure which, come to think of it, and now that he was dead the point seemed moot. the beginning of Randal Graham's Beforelife.

Beforelife is the debut novel of Canadian lawyer Randal Graham, and as such it comes free of expectations. Well, there's a description on the back cover, which I did read--the novel takes place in an afterworld, more heavenly than George Saunders' Lincoln In The Bardo, but still not quite heaven enough for Ian. I think the opening isn't bad, with some humor and a bit unexpected, though it does depend on the fact that we know stories like this: Saunders, say, or Our Town. Anybody have any thoughts?

Book Beginnings on Fridays is a bookish meme hosted by Gilion at Rose City Reader. To play, quote the beginning of the book you're currently reading, give the author and title, and any thoughts if you like. Happy New Year!


  1. Hi Reese!

    I love that opening line. It is actually quite funny, not sure it's meant to be... Guessing so. :)

    Have a happy NEW YEAR and a great time New Year's Eve! :)

    Best wishes for 2018!

    Here's my choice for this week:
    Luv Sassy x

  2. This sounds great - I'm adding it to my tbr! :)

    Lauren @ Always Me

  3. Randal Graham here. Thanks so much for including my book!

    1. It was fun. Thanks for checking in and congratulations on your book!