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

And She Was has some great quotes about the Aleutian Islands that really express the setting wonderfully: I read that a few archaeologists did not believe the standard ice age migration theory. … They did not believe that the Aleuts had come on clumsy feet, plodding after mammoths. No, they had come in boats agile […]