Labels: Contemporary, Fiction, Quotes, An American Marriage, Tayari Jones
"But home isn’t where you land; home is where you launch. You can’t pick your home any more than you can choose your family. In poker, you get five cards. Three of them you can swap out, but two are yours to keep: family and native land."
An American Marriage, p. 4
By Tayari Jones
Published 2018 by Algonquin Books
Labels: Contemporary, Fiction, Quotes, Celeste Ng, Little Fires Everywhere
"Later it would seem to Pearl that the Richardsons must have arranged themselves into a tableau for her enjoyment, for surely they could not always exist in this state of domestic perfection."
Little Fires Everywhere, p. 33
By Celeste Ng
Published 2017 by Penguin Press
Labels: Contemporary, Fiction, Quotes, Short Story, Florida, Lauren Groff
"It is terribly true, even if the truth does not comfort, that if you look at the moon for long enough night after night, as I have, you will see that the old cartoons are correct, that the moon is, in fact, laughing. But it is not laughing at us, we lonely humans, who are far too small and our lives far too fleeting for it to give us any notice at all."
"Ghosts and Empties" from Florida
By Lauren Groff
Published 2018 by Riverhead Books
Labels: Contemporary, Fiction, Quotes, Celeste Ng, Everything I Never Told You
"Above them, the sky rolled out a deep black, like a pool of ink, littered with stars. They were nothing like the stars in her science books, blurred and globby as drops of spit. They were razor sharp, each one precise as a period, punctuating the sky with light. Tipping her head back, she could not see the houses or the lake or the lamps on the street. All she could see was the sky, so huge and dark it could crush her. It was like being on another planet. No — like floating in space, alone. She searched for the constellations she had seen on Nath’s posters: Orion, Cassiopeia, the Big Dipper. The diagrams seemed childish now, with their straight lines and primary colors and stick figure shapes. Here the stars dazzled her eyes like sequins. This is what infinity looks like, she thought."
Everything I Never Told You, p. 357
By Celeste Ng
Published 2014 by Penguin Press
Labels: Contemporary, Fiction, Quotes, Jesmyn Ward, Sing Unburied Sing
"I let her ideas drain from me so that the truth could pool instead."
Sing, Unburied, Sing, p. 104
By Jesmyn Ward
Published 2017 by Scribner