Today’s striking and maybe a little bit shocking and, yes, totally awesome opener comes from Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty, a non-fiction book about working in a crematory and, as the blurb puts it, “the secretive culture of those who care for the deceased.”
I have known a couple of people in that line of work. They all seem to have the most delightfully weird senses of humor, and I really appreciate having friends who answer the question “How was your day?” with “Today I sewed a man’s head back onto his body.” Heh. Doughty’s opening paragraph:
“A girl always remembers the first corpse she shaves. It is the only event in her life more awkward than her first kiss or the loss of her virginity. The hands of time will never move quite so slowly as when you are standing over the dead body of an elderly man with a pink plastic razor in your hand.”
SHABAM. And I want to read more. This book is still on my to-be-read shelf, but maaaybe I need to fit it in this month instead of sometime next year, because that opener tells me this is going to be weird, hilarious, gripping, and a very quick read.
Would you read this based on that opener? Have you already read it and loved/hated it? Did you laugh or cringe at that first paragraph?