‘This was the first time she had ever worn an evening dress. She stood for a long time before the mirror. She was so tall that the dress came up two or three inches above her ankles – and the shoes were so short they hurt her. She stood in front of the mirror a long time, and finally decided she either looked like a sap or else she looked very beautiful. One or the other.’

– Carson McCullers, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter 

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‘To record the world as it is. To set down the past before it is all forgotten. To excavate the past because it has been forgotten… Because to write is to take risks, and it is only by taking risks that we know we are alive. To produce order out of chaos… To thumb my nose at Death… To pass the time, even though it would have passed anyway.’

– Margaret Atwood, On Writers and Writing

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‘Religion had plummeted into their lives as unexpectedly as a meteor, and created a chasm, separating the family into two clashing camps… Alert and compliant, Peri was witness to the vendettas, watching how her loved ones would tear each other to pieces. Early on she learned that there was no fight more hurtful than a family fight, and no family fight more hurtful than one over God.’

– Elif Shafak, Three Daughters of Eve

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