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Anita Shreve

  • Reunions are always fraught with awkward tensions — the necessity to account for oneself; the attempt to find, through memories, an ember of the old emotions ...

  • ... love is ... something extraordinary that happens to ordinary people.

    • Anita Shreve,
    • in Robert Allen Papinchak, "Testing the Water," The Writer ()
  • I've been knitting pretty continuously. It's addictive and it's soothing, and for a few minutes anyway, it makes me feel closer to my mother.

  • She's a good person to hug, because her body fills up all the empty spaces.

  • If you're skating on thin ice, you might as well dance.

  • That I have no right to be jealous is irrelevant. It is a human passion: the sick, white underbelly of love.

  • I guess that's the point of drinking, to take all the feelings and thoughts and morals away until you are just a body doing what a body will do.

  • It is time that determines the intensity of love.

Anita Shreve, U.S. writer

(1946)