“If he is awake early enough the boy sees the men walk past the farmhouse down First Lake Road.”
There are so many sentences that I could have chosen, that I think about often, but I chose that one because it the first sentence from the first book that mesmerized me as an adult reader—and because those men turn out to be loggers, which eventually leads Ondaatje to a beautiful and somewhat inexplicable night scene where the loggers are skating on the frozen lake, each holding up a sheaf of cattails, their tops on fire.
Michael Kimball is the author of eight books, including Big Ray, Dear Everybody, Us, and The One-Hour MFA. His work has been translated into a dozen languages and been on NPR’s All Things Considered and in Vice, as well as The Guardian, Bomb, Prairie Schooner, New York Tyrant, etc. He is also responsible for the collaborative project Michael Kimball Writes Your Life Story (on a postcard), a couple of documentaries, and the conceptual pseudonym Andy Devine.