‘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

Quote

‘We just been to Sunday School and church. Baby, say the verse from the Bible you learned for your Uncle Biff.’
The kid hung back and pouted. ‘Jesus wept,’ she said finally. The scorn that she put in the two words made it sound like a terrible thing.

– Carson McCullers, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

Quote

‘But the room was actually dominated by a huge plaster crucifix on the far wall, fully four feet high. Momma had mail-ordered it special from St Louis. The Jesus impaled upon it was frozen in a grotesque, muscle straining rictus of pain, mouth drawn down in a groaning curve. His crown of thorns bled scarlet streams down temples and forehead. The eyes were turned up in a medieval expression of slanted agony. Both hands were also drenched with blood and the feet were nailed to a small plaster platform. This corpus had also given Carrie endless nightmares on which the mutilated Christ chased her through dream corridors, holding a mallet and nails, begging her to take up her cross and follow Him. Just lately these dreams had evolved into something less understandable but more sinister. The object did not seem to be murder but something even more awful.’

– Stephen King, Carrie

Quote