"Hey pig!" was one of the many greetings thrown from cars, with bags of warm garbage, each day as I walked home, my chin tucked into my neck....is the beginning of Lynn Crosbie's Where Did You Sleep Last Night?
At home, a cuff to the face for the bowl left in the sink.
In my room, I saw under my dead boyfriend's poster, and love flooded through my barren heart, as always.
Crosbie's novel came out in 2015 with House of Anansi Press, a small-ish Canadian publisher. Evelyn, the unhappy high school girl whose voice we hear above, is moving from self-harm to drugs, and has just scored some heroin at the start of the novel. She's being raised by her drunk single mother, who's a former hanger-on in the Seattle grunge scene. The dead boyfriend of the poster is Kurt Cobain, with whom Evelyn has no relationship in this world. But maybe in the next.
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.