This month, we’ve got the wrong teeth, Thor, and motherhood. To submit a first line, email

This Will Never Stop

Joan Spilman

“The woman in my mind just now? That was my mother.”

Sons of Suicide: A Memoir of Friendship

Richard J. Knapp and J. David Pincus

“My mother killed herself. Two weeks after my 13th birthday.”


Bradley Wind

“Someone put the wrong teeth in my mouth last night.”


Stanley Bloom

“Thor was in a right tizzy that night, hurling his hammer from one end of the heavens to the other.”

Battered: A Whipped and Sipped Mystery

G.P. Gottlieb

“An hour before closing, Alene Baron started chopping carrots for the next day’s soup.”

The Mummy Trap

S.G. Lovell

“When you become a mother you have two options: accept that you will hate your husband forever after or divorce.”