He died of the plague years before the book starts.
Well, sure enough, just a few pages later the book started getting better.
The book starts with a brief history of 18th and 19th century India.
I had much such writing at home, other books started, stopped, forgotten.
The pattern between stories shows how books can start conversations.
The book is told from the viewpoint of the author's mother and starts in 1921.
From here the book starts to get a little scary.
In some cases, books are already starting to run away.
When I reach that point, that's where the book starts.
It would really make me feel like the books are starting all over again.