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Meg Wolitzer

  • Everybody has a theme. You talk to somebody awhile, and you realize they have one particular thing that rules them. The best you can do is a variation on the theme, but that's about it.

  • Being an adult child was an awkward, inevitable position. You went about your business in the world: tooling around, giving orders, being taken seriously, but there were still these two people lurking somewhere who in a split second could reduce you to nothing. In their presence, you were a big-headed baby again, crawling instead of walking.

  • ... she felt that old generic guilt, the kind you feel even when you can't think of what in the world you are supposed to have done.

Meg Wolitzer, U.S. writer