I am currently reading my way through a long list of science fiction and fantasy titles. (http://www.npr.org/2011/08/07/138938145/science-fiction-and-fantasy-finalists if you are interested in the list).
The Stone Mattress / Margaret Atwood
First line of first story:
"The freezing rain sifts down, handfuls of shining rice thrown by some unseen celebrant."
Very atmospheric. Bound to appeal to us Canadians, who know our ice & snow!