There is a fundamental difference between being able to find consolation in life and being able to invent it; do you, Hui asked herself, possess or at least understand either skill? This was what she had ruminated upon for days as she drove to work. She was the kind of person who did not tire of cor…
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Kinder Than Solitude
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Yiyun Li | First Sentence
‘But for her, and perhaps for many, the solidity of an invented life is not trustworthy.’