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I Cheerfully Refuse

"It's taken all my life to learn protection is the promise you can't make.  It sounds absolute, and you mean it and believe it, but that vow is provisional and makeshift and no god ever lived who could keep it half the time."

The Sun Walks Down

“ When George Axam wakes to the sound of rain, he sits up in his bed, furious at everything: the weather, God, shearers, sheep, his exasperating brother, and the twistedness of his sheets. He suspects, as he always does when inconvenienced by rain, that the natives have brought it on to spite him. These are the only circumstances under which George would indulge such suspicions; he would never attribute to native magic a stretch of warm, dry, windless days for shearing. “

Western Lane

"There were three of us, all girls.  When Ma died, I was eleven, Khush was thirteen, Mona fifteen. We'd been playing squash and badminton twice a week ever since we were old enough to hold a racket, but it was nothing  like the regime that came after.  Mona said that all of it, the sprints and the ghosting and the three-hour drills, started when our aunt Ranjan told Pa that what we girls needed was exercise and discipline and Pa sat quiet and let her tell him what to do."


"Holly decides not to listen to the rest of anxious Penelope's messages.  The lady will have to wait.  Pete sure isn't going to be doing any legwork for awhile; he tested positive for Covid a week before Charlotte died. He was double-vaxxed and isn't too sick- says it's more like a heavy cold than the flu- but he's quarantining and will be for some time to come."

The Women

"As bad as it had been in Nam, as frightened and angry and betrayed as she'd often felt by her government and the war, she'd also felt alive.  Competent and important.  A woman who made a difference in the world. This place would forever hold a piece of her heart.  Here, she had found her place in the world, and she was afraid that 'home' was no longer the place she wanted it to be."

For many different reasons these books have been special to me over the years.  

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