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“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.”
“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