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Christina Garcia

  • A fish swims in my lung. Without you, / what is there to celebrate?

  • Imagination, like memory, can transform lies to truths ...

  • But Celia soon grew to love Havana, its crooked streets and the balconies like elegant chariots in the air.

  • Memory is a skilled seducer.

  • Why is it that most people aspire to little more than comfort?

  • The familiar is insistent and deadly.

  • There is a moment of each dawn that appears disguised as dusk, Lourdes decides, and for that brief moment the day neither begins nor ends.

  • Women who outlive their daughters are orphans, Abuela tells me. Only their granddaughters can save them, guard their knowledge like the first fire.

Christina Garcia, Cuban-born U.S. writer, journalist

(1958)