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It was a dark and stormy night

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Eartha was reciting a chapter from the life of one of her great-uncles: "He left but he never said goodbye." That sounded like the first sentence of a novel so I sat up and paid attention although I hadn't been paying attention until that very moment.

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Many novelists believe that the very first sentence of any book should be so dramatic and memorable that it grabs and holds the reader from the start, never lets go and makes her wonder "where is this going to go?"

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