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“... the sharp odor of gin hit me. Charlie was drowning his sorrows, and they apparently were dying hard.”
“If there was one thing life had taught her, it was never to become overly philosophical or to indulge in much deep thinking about something you were too damn drunk to pronounce.”
“... every death diminishes us, but those that leave differences unresolved and things unsaid are the most painful of all.”
“She was the archetypal selfless mother: living only for her children, sheltering them from the consequences of their actions — and in the end doing them irreparable harm.”
“A while back I'd saved Jess from a potentially disastrous situation, and like most people who felt they owed a debt they could never repay, she was vaguely uncomfortable in my presence.”
Marcia Muller, U.S. writer