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Paulette Bates Alden
“He talks for the pleasure of his own voice, the way dogs bark and birds sing.”
“... her grandmother, as she gets older, is not fading but rather becoming more concentrated.”
“Miriam has never been good at leaps. She was always the kid who had to back down the ladder of the high dive.”
“Writing the short story is essentially an act of grace. It's not a matter of will so much as trust. I try to let the story do some of the work for me. It knows what it wants to do, say, be. I try not to stand in its way.”
“Home, as far as I'm concerned, is the place you have to leave. And then, if you're like me, spend the rest of your life mourning.”
Paulette Bates Alden, U.S. writer