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Women • Fiction • Life

“Like swallows, like salmon, we were the helpless captives of our migratory patterns. We pretended that what we had lost was the house, not our mother, not our father. We pretended that what we had lost had been taken from us by the person who still lived inside…” – Danny in The Dutch House by …

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“All three [women] had brilliant white teeth that shone like pearls against the ruby of their voluptuous lips. There was something about them that made me uneasy, some longing and at the same time some deadly fear. I felt in my heart a wicked, burning desire that they would kiss me with those red lips.” …

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“Spider Woman, the Holy Person who taught the Navajo to weave and gave the Hero Twins the weapons they needed to begin their quest to find their father the Sun and to rid the world of monsters.” – Bernie in Spider Woman’s Daughter by Anne Hillerman October’s read for the book club I’m in was …

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“Is there in the whole field of history, or of fiction even, one instance of female heroism to compare for one moment with this?” – The Times, September 19, 1838 In a tired haze, I downloaded the ebook of The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter by Hazel Gaynor from my public library. I was about half way …

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“It was very dark. The rain was beating down over the shivering fields. The Haunted Woods was full of the growns of mighty trees wrung in the tempest, and the air throbbed with the thunderous crash of billows on the distant shore. And Gilbert was dying!” – In Anne of the Island by Lucy Maud …

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“The key to the perfect novel, Alice had decided, was to revolve the story around a crime’s solution, all the while tricking the reader by making it seem she was doing one thing when in fact she was merrily doing another.” – The Lake House by Kate Morton It’s safe to say that Kate Morton …

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“It’s because she is beautiful, you know. That’s all it is. They don’t really care about the rest of it. She gets a pass at life.” – Korede about her sister Ayoola in My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite Nigeria, West Africa. A little sister who, literally, gets away with murder. That’s Ayoola. …

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“I think you can’t imagine. Why anyone would choose a different life from the one you’ve got. Why anyone might want something other than a big house with a big lawn, a fancy car, a job in an office. Why anyone would choose anything different than what you’d choose.” – Mia to Elena in Little …

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“I am comfortable with reading the Bible figuratively rather than literally. For instance, I think the six days in Genesis are not literal days, but different periods of creation, so that it took many thousands – or hundreds of thousands of years – to create. It does not demean God; it simply gives Him more …

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“…the soothing hour, when the last tints of light die away; when the stars, one by one, tremble through æther, and are reflected on the dark mirror of the waters; that hour, which, of all others, inspires the mind with pensive tenderness, and often elevates it to sublime contemplation.” ― Ann Radcliff, The Mysteries of Udolpho Ann …

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