Jeffrey Eugenides On Writing The First Sentence Of A Novel
"[What] I'm searching for with the first sentence is the entire book. ... And the process is not always the same, but finally there is a sentence that seems to suggest the entire narrative and the tone and the narrative strategy and everything all in one. ... Whenever someone compliments me on the first page of Middlesex
, I say, 'Thanks, it took me two years to write'."