Great opening line ... then my eyes crossed

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I got so excited by the opening line of If We're Begin Honest. "IGerry Williams's funeral was a shit show." It reminded me of Tolystoy's "Happy families are all alike; unhappy families are all unhappy in their own way," and I was eager to learn about the Williams's unique form of unhappiness. What followed next, however, made my eyes cross. The next couple of pages was filled with brief summaries of all of Gerry's family, from his wife to his children, children-in-laws, and grandchildren. I felt like I needed to take notes, or would have to flip back and refer to that summary later as the story unfolded, which seemed like too much work.