Stephen King, Hearts in Atlantis.
— Paulo Coelho
Jonathan Franzen, Freedom
Lydia Davis, “Head, Heart”
Langston Hughes, “Impasse”
I’ve been afraid of changes. For a long time, probably. You get comfortable doing a certain thing. You get comfortable surviving. You get comfortable being less than happy, and eventually you stop knowing whether or not you’re allowed to want more, or if this is just life. You remind yourself of how grateful you are for where you are and who you are and the things you feel like you might be capable of. But you spend so much time building your life around you(rself) and then one day there’s someone else standing there — and you just have to jump off a cliff and hope you’re able to finish growing up on the way down.
So if I can handle the seasons of my life — time has made me bolder — I think you’re probably getting older, too…
Toni Morrison, Beloved
Langston Hughes, “Advice”
I don’t like sleeping alone, but I could get over it.
Amy Tan, The Joy Luck Club
Mary Balogh, Simply Magic
George Orwell, 1984
Catherynne M. Valente, Deathless