‘No other inanimate object retains emotion as strongly as keys do. Fingerprints are engraved on them as if the laws of wear and tear do not apply.’
‘Seven corporations control the afterlife now, and many people spend their lives amassing the money to upload into the best.’
‘No one knows why ripping up a name makes a person call – science can’t explain it. Erasing the name also works.’
Here, more die than are born. There’s a refrigerator at the bottom of the lake. The ferryman is dead. No one is coming to take his place.
‘And so began what I was to become. To all these things – the admonitions and the testimonies, the rites and the annunciations – I had easily acquiesced.’
The tourists are gone. They’ve fled to Islamabad, along with the landlords and the hoteliers and the battalions of police that used to defend them, and certainty has left with them.
‘She is standing there, her body like a lamp, waiting for the glass to break.’
‘A golden chain was fastened around her neck, and on that chain was a key.’
A wry, fanciful fable about how love can transform both nature and fate.
‘The road pleasantly gained and lost elevation, flood gauges in dry washes and scraggy hilltops, corners that begged for two wheels not four.’
‘They had stumbled upon a town and tried to approach it, but had been driven off with stones.’
‘I started working for the Bishop of San Julián in 1939, not long after the death of my husband.’
‘Unconfirmed stories that have been retold so often they acquire the polish of truth, like the rosary beads people here carry in their pockets and pull out whenever the need for reassurance arises.’
‘I have heard all of the stories about girls like me, and I am unafraid to make more of them.’
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