The Lacuna

“Mr. Shepherd, ye cannot stop a bad thought from coming into your head. But ye need not pull up a chair and bide it sit down.”  -The Lacuna, Barbara Kingsolver  

The Blind Assassin

“The shimmering is his absence, but it appears to her as light. It’s the single daily light by which everything around her is illuminated. Every morning and every night, every glove and every shoe, every chair and plate.” –The Blind Assassin, Margaret Atwood

The Lacuna

“I should like to write my books only for the dear person who lies awake reading in bed until page last, then let’s the open book fall gently in her face, to touch her smile or drink her tears.”    – The Lacuna, Barbara Kingsolver  

Station Eleven

“She was thinking about the way she’d always taken for granted that the world has certain people in it, either central to her days or unseen and infrequently thought of. How without any one of these people the world is a subtly but unmistakable altered place, the dial then just one or two degrees.” – … Continue reading Station Eleven

The Book Thief

“And the girl goes on reading, for that’s why she’s there, and it feels good to be good for something in the aftermath of the snows of Stalingrad.” -The Book Thief, Markus Zusak

Little Bee

“Here it was then, finally: the quietest part of the late afternoon. I smiled down at Charlie, and I understood that he would be free now even if I would not. In this way the life that was in me would find its home in him now. It was not a sad feeling. I felt … Continue reading Little Bee

The Immortal Irishman

“He [Meagher] told of his life to date, how remarkable it was for a man who’d sen so much of the underside of history be breathing spring air in 1863. On three continents, at every turn, someone had tried to take from him the things he loved about his native land.” -The Immortal Irishman, Timothy … Continue reading The Immortal Irishman


“Drive away and try to keep smiling. Get a little rock and roll on the radio and go toward all the life there is with all the courage you can find and all the belief you can muster. Be true, be brave, stand. All the rest is darkness.” – Stephen King

“L. DeBard and Aliette”

“Then he tells his son, ‘This feels like that breath you take after coming up from a long swim underwater. The most gorgeous feeling, that sip of air you feared you’d never have again.’ He looks at Compass, and touches his cheek, gently. ‘Surfacing,’ he says.” – from Delicate Edible Birds and Other Stories