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Things could change so entirely, in a heartbeat; the world could be made entirely anew, because someone was kind.
[V]ivid and illuminating, astonishing in its range and toughness, and simultaneously an expression of love and regret for all that has been lost.
Antanas Sileika, author of Underground and Woman in Bronze and Director of the Humber School for Writers
George Saunders Just Wrote the Best Book You’ll Read This Year
New York Times Magazine
She is, and has been for decades, one of our most important writers, one whose work represents all the most essential and pleasurable aspects of literature, and which reminds us of what great literature is: You know it when you see it.
The Globe and Mail
The world was made up of people putting one foot in front of the other; and a life might appear ordinary simply because the person living it had been doing so for a long time.
That was one of the worst things about losing your wife, I found: your wife is the very person you want to discuss it all with.
Is it possible to love so desperately that life is unbearable? I don’t mean unrequited, I mean being in the love. In the midst of it and desperate.
I could so easily lose myself in your world and never make a world of my own. And where would that leave us? We’d both be bored stupid.
“No wonder kids grow up crazy. A cat’s cradle is nothing but a bunch of X’s between somebody’s hands, and little kids look and look and look at all those X’s …”“And?”“No damn cat, and no damn cradle.”
“I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.”