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The Covenant of Water

“This is the covenant of water: that they’re all linked inescapably by their acts of commission and omission, and no one stands alone.”


“I swallow before I speak, because my tragedies are nothing compared to his.”

Hungry Ghosts

“Hans looked at his son, pummeled and bruised, brimming with silent anger. In his son, saw the soul of his father.  Not a protector, but a pugilist.  He knew his father to be fighting man who had been knocked down more times than he could count- and because of that, he made his family into his opponent.  Because that was at least a fight he could win.”

Romantic Comedy

” ‘In this sketch,’ he said ‘I’d be breaking the law because I’m so much better looking than a woman I’m dating?’ “

All The Lonely People

“It used to be the family all looking out for one another, but it’s not like that anymore.  It used to be you at least knew your doctor, but these days you’re lucky to get an appointment, let alone see the same GP twice.  It used to be your neighbors kept an eye on you, but people like to keep themselves to themselves now.  It used to be that you belonged to a community, but really, is there such a thing anymore?  Now it’s more like every man for himself.”


“I wonder why my father lies about the hay.  He is given to lying about things that would be nice, if they were true.”

The Murmur of Bees

“It is a well-known fact that the yellow fever epidemic a few years before and the new so-called Spanish pandemic killed more Mexicans than all the bullets fired during the Revolution.  Still, in January 1919, in Linares, these details were of little interest , because absences were not measured in numbers or statistics: they were measured in grief.”


“Most of us prefer to believe we are the active subjects of our victories but only the passive objects of defeats. We triumph, but it is not really we who fail- we are ruined by forces beyond our control.”

Hello Beautiful

“Her family was a mirror in which she recognized her reflection.”