Welcome to First Line Fridays! First Line Fridays a fun meme hosted by Hoarding Books! The aim of the game? Grab the book closest to you and share the first line!


Author: Abraham Verghese

Genre: Novel

First lines:

“After eight months spent in the obscurity of our mother’s womb, my brother, Shiva, and I came into the world in the late afternoon of the twentieth of September in the year of grace 1954. We took our first breaths at an elevation of eight thousand feet in the thin air of Addis Adaba, capital city Ethiopia.”

Abraham Verghese, Cutting for Stone  (The Coming)

My Thoughts:

One of my favorite ministries at my church is a book club that we call “Books and Beans.” We meet about once a month at a local coffee shop where we spend an hour or two discussing books over a hot cup of tea or other tasty treat.

During the winter of last year, our book club read When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalinithi. Verghese wrote the introduction to When Breath Becomes Air, which I found to be an incredibly moving. little book. I found Verghese’s preface intriguing and am interested to read more of his work.

Our current read for December is Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese. This novel follows the saga of twin brothers who were orphaned by the death of their mother and forsaken by their father. This book came very highly recommended by one our book club members and I’m excited to read more of it.


Dear Reader, now it’s your turn! What are you reading? Grab the book closest to you and share the first few lines with me in the comments below!

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