First Sentence: I was working the crank on the new pencil sharpener, feeding it fresh Ticonderogas, trying to get the points just right.
Back of the book:
Meet Ottie Lee Henshaw, a startling, challenging beauty in small-town Indiana. Quick of mind, she navigates a stifling marriage, a lecherous boss, and on one day in the summer of 1930, an odyssey across the countryside to witness a dark and fearful event.
Meet Calla Destry, a young black woman desperate to escape the violence of her town, and to find the lover who has promised her a new life.
Every road leads to the bedlam of Marvel, a town where lives will collide and be changed forever. Reminiscent of the works of Louise Erdrich, Edward P. Jones and Marilynne Robinson, The Evening Road is the story of two remarkable women on the move through an America riven by fear and hatred, and eager to flee the secrets they have left behind.
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Last Sentence: How about this one?