Thursday, October 8, 2009

"The light was warm and pink... it was like seeing everything through a fond memory."

"It [love] doesn't work like that," she said, "and I was hoping she would tell me how it did work.

Maybe she could see that, because she went on.

"Sometimes you're loved because of your weaknesses," she said. "What you can't do is sometimes more compelling than what you can."

For a second, I felt hope for myself. But loving for weaknesses seemed like a weakness itself."

"He lit cigarettes for both of us and lay back. He was quiet, so I was; he was thinking, so I did.

We lay there in the dark.

I said, "What?"

He didn't answer for a long time, so long I thought he wouldn't. Then, finally, he said, "Everything."

Even now, remembering the sound of his voice chastens every word I say.


We quit.

We drank fruit juice. We did breathing exercises.

When he wanted a cigarette, he took a nap. I wept."


Lo said...

you know something wierd.....I don't know if I own this book but I had it for awhile and I never read it. I remember looking at the cover....maybe thats all I did with it...look at the cover.

This is going to drive me crazy!!
Anyways, I wish i would have read it.
The words are lovely.

lindsey said...

oh i love that! i want to read!

Micaela said...

Lo you crack me up! i can let you borrow it.

it's the best collection of short stories (after "I wish someone were waiting for me somewhere" by Anna Gavalda.

quick wit and smart sentences.

i love you!!!

ps. Lo the cover totally reminds me of you.

Lindsey, I reccommend it.

Gabby said...

I read that book when it first came out years ago...and then I reread it recently and it had such an impact on me {older, wiser (?)}


Marisa said...

i guess this one will have to be next in my list....
looks amazing.

Kaylen said...

Oh. I like the sounds of that.

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