“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive.”
YOU ARE ONE OF THEM by Elliott Holt
I usually hate prologues. To me, it seems like the writer’s undercutting their own authority; like they weren’t confident in their story’s beginning so they slapped on an extra coat of icing. You Are One of Them, Elliott Holt’s debut novel, has a prologue, and despite my long-standing dislike of them, I loved it. It drops you into a cultural and atmospheric icebath—the American Sarah Zuckerman, our lead, during her time in Moscow, in winter, in the 1990s.