‘Cities at night, I feel, contain men who cry in their sleep and then say Nothing.’
‘I wake and it’s dark and a woman is beside me, naked and small, and she is waking too and the room is still heavy with the incense she burned for her dead.’
‘In January of 1973, the year everything changed in our family, my older brother Clive competed for the mathematics championship of William Howard Taft High School in Shaker Heights, Ohio.’
‘I said to myself that maybe he wasn’t about to die.’
‘Is it possible to run away without being a coward?’
‘By the end of the summer, the city was fed up with our antics.’
‘During the night something like a miracle happened: Jim's age grew an extra digit.’
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.
‘Brenda stood up, brushing bits of gravel from her knees, and thinking, Christ, there’ve gotta be easier ways of earning a living than this.’
‘Sometimes to refute a single sentence it is necessary to tell a life story.’
‘I had no time for vices.‘
‘Paul Emmons was a college student with no money behind him and none in front and so he seemed immune from trouble.’
‘I ask my wife what she means by kidnap exactly, but she says never mind’.
‘I think I even used the phrase second honeymoon to the realtor, God forgive me, while Susan smoked a cigarette and read tourist brochures out in the car’.
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