The Stories Behind First Sentences


Granta is three posts into a new series in which authors unpack opening sentences they have written.

Héctor Abad’s opening sentence is “The first thing I felt when I returned from the jungle was a paralysis of willpower.”

His explanation is completely unexpected, involving testosterone gel, reckless driving, and the power of fate.

Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →