The following is an excerpt from the novel Blood & Silver by Vali Benson (copyright 2020), used with her permission. The girls enjoyed exploring the hotel when they could. The only place they didn’t like was the damp, dark basement, but occasionally they were asked to go down there to fetch something from the supply […]

“You know, my grandmother was a very wise woman and well respected in the tribe. She used to tell me that even when life gives you shit, you can use it for fuel.” —The Wild Birds by Emily Strelow

If you have a woman, you recognize when you have said the wrong thing. Somehow she rearranges the ions in the air and you can’t breathe as well.

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

In my country, there is an old belief that if a bird flies into your home it is an angel who has come to guide you and you must look at its presence as a blessing from God. —House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III I’m not doing a full review of House […]

I don’t believe women lose their virginity. It implies they can find it again. Nor do I believe people lose their lives–“Whoops! Now where did I put my life…beneath a cushion on the couch? Maybe I left it on the kitchen counter…Honey, have you seen my life? I know I had it a minute ago.”  –The Atomic Weight of Love by Elizabeth J. Church

“They are only bats, nothing more,” Mother said. Father whispered to me alone, “These are no ordinary bats. These are mice who swim with the stars.”

To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey