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I just can't. I'm married. I made my bed and now I have to lie in it. — Sara Gruen

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Sometimes I think that if I had to choose between an ear of corn or making love to a woman, I'd choose the corn. Not that I wouldn't love to have a final roll in the hay - I am a man yet, and something never die - but the thought of those sweet kernels bursting between my teeth sure sets my mouth to watering. It's fantasy, I know that. Neither will happen. I just like to weight the options, as though I were standing in front of Solomon: a final roll in the hay or an ear of corn. What a wonderful dilemma. Sometimes I substitute an apple for the corn. — Sara Gruen

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Now, go shovel some shit. — Sara Gruen

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Don't mind Russ," he says. "He's a good kid underneath all those holes, although it's a wonder he doesn't spring a leak when he drinks — Sara Gruen

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But it's no use. I m already on my feet. She drags me onto the dance floor, jiving and snapping her fingers. When we're surrounded by other couples she turns to me. I take a deep breath and then take her in my arms. We wait a couple beats and then we're off, floating around the dance floor in a swirling sea of people. She's light as air
doesn't miss a step, and that's a feat considering how clumsy I am. And it's not as though I don't know how to dance, because I do. I don't know what the hell is wrong with me. I'm sure as hell not drunk. — Sara Gruen

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I think there is just a vein of humanity that really loves animals and really loves to read about them. — Sara Gruen

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Ellis had slept through the entire thing. That, or he was dead, but I saw no reason to check. If he was dead, he'd still be dead in the morning. — Sara Gruen

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exactly what she was really doing. It took but — Sara Gruen

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game? - but I wasn't shocked, as I once might — Sara Gruen

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Poking a lump of red Jello that jiggles outrageously, like a breast I once knew. — Sara Gruen

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At this moment, the story in his head was perfect. He also knew from experience that it would degenerate the second he started typing, because such was the nature of writing. — Sara Gruen

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I roll onto my side and stare out the venetian blinds at the blue sky beyond. After a few minutes I'm lulled into a sort of peace. The sky, the sky
same as it always was. — Sara Gruen

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I want her to melt into me, like butter on toast. I want to absorb her and walk around for the rest of my days with her encased in my skin.
I want. — Sara Gruen

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I look after those who look after me." He smacks his lips, stares at me, and adds, "I also look after those who don't." - Sara Gruen (Water for Elephants) — Sara Gruen

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Age is a terrible thief. Just when you're getting the hang of life, it knocks your legs out from under you and stoops your back. It makes you ache and muddies your head and silently spreads cancer throughout your spouse. — Sara Gruen

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But then this Isabelle turned and laughed and in that instant I saw my wife. This made me weepy and these people whom I didn't recognize exchanged furtive glances and shortly thereafter announced that it was time to leave because Grandpa needed his rest. They patted my hand and they tucked my blanket in around my knees, and they left. They went out into the world, and they left me here. And to this day I have no idea who they were. I — Sara Gruen

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The whole thing's illusion, [Jacob], and there's nothing wrong with that. It's what people want from us. It's what they expect. — Sara Gruen

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I want to knit socks for the soldiers."
"It's not as easy as that," she said, looking at me strangely. "It's difficult to turn a good heel. There are competitions over it. — Sara Gruen

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Paraded around town in an elephant cage, an elephant who repeatedly pulled her stake and stole the lemonade, — Sara Gruen

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My intention that people will feel like throttling her — Sara Gruen

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The only thing that makes me crazier than writing is not writing. — Sara Gruen

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We traveled for two weeks with a pickled hippo. — Sara Gruen

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his hat from his head and presses it to his chest. I walk a few dozen yards from the train, climb the grassy bank, and sit rubbing my — Sara Gruen

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I've decided it's not about me at all. It's a protective mechanism for them, a way of buffering themselves against my future death, like when teenagers distance themselves from their parents in preparation for leaving home. — Sara Gruen

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But my darling was as frail as a bird. She died nine days later. After sixty-one years together, she simply clutched my hand and exhaled. Although — Sara Gruen

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You do right by me, I'll show you a life most suckers can't even dream of. — Sara Gruen

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Life is the greatest show on earth! — Sara Gruen

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Juliet is one of those rare novels that has it all: lush prose, tightly intertwined parallel narratives, intrigue, and historical detail all set against a backdrop of looming danger. Anne Fortier casts a new light on one of history's greatest stories of passion. I was swept away. — Sara Gruen

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Now don't tell anyone," she says, bustling in and sliding my dinner-table-cum-vanity over my lap. She sets down a paper napkin, plastic fork, and a bowl of fruit that actually looks appetizing, with strawberries, melon, and apple. "I packed it for my break. I'm on a diet. Do you like fruit, Mr. Jankowski?" I would answer except that my hand is over my mouth and it's trembling. Apple, for God's sake. She pats my other hand and leaves the room, discreetly ignoring my tears. — Sara Gruen

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They grew fat and happy
the horses, not the children, or Marlena for that matter. — Sara Gruen

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Beneath it was a photograph of Hank alone, standing shirtless on the deck of a sailboat with his hands on his hips. — Sara Gruen

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90/93-year-old Jacob wonders as he gazes at his aged reflection, 'When did I stop being me? — Sara Gruen

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I stroke her lightly, memorizing her body. I want her to melt into me, like butter on toast. I want to absorb her and walk around for the rest of my days with her encased in my skin. I lie motionless, savoring the feeling of her body against mine. I'm afraid to breathe in case I break the spell. — Sara Gruen

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It seems natural to surround my fictional world with animals because my reality is full of them. When I'm sitting there conceiving a story, they just pop up. — Sara Gruen

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Violet was nothing if not sensible. She didn't even approve when we pulled entirely harmless pranks, like hiding someone's yacht in the wrong slip, or turning the racquet club's pool water purple. — Sara Gruen

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To say that I wished I wasn't there would be a ludicrous understatement, but I'd only ever had the illusion of choice: We have to do this, Hank had said. It's for Ellis. To refuse would have been an act of calculated cruelty. And so, because of my husband's war with his father and their insane obsession with a mythical monster, we'd crossed the Atlantic at the very same time a real madman, a real monster, was attempting to take over the world for his own reasons of ego and pride. — Sara Gruen

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And then I laugh, because it's so ridiculous and so gorgeous and it's all I an do to not melt into a fit of giggles. So what if I'm ninety-three? So what if I'm ancient and cranky and my body's a wreck? If they're willing to accept me and my guilty conscience, why the hell shouldn't I run away with the circus?
It's like Charlie told the cop. For this old man, this IS home. — Sara Gruen

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I tend not to think about the reading public at all, or the business, when I'm writing. — Sara Gruen

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off, but Osgood, the photographer, was already snoring softly. He was in the center seat, wedged between John Thigpen and — Sara Gruen

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He only had the imperfect medium of words. — Sara Gruen

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It seems there's nothing so good or pure it can't be taken without a moment's notice. And then in the end, it all gets taken anyway. — Sara Gruen

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I am further back, surrounded on all sides by wailing men, their faces shiny with tears. Uncle Al promised three dollars and a bottle of Canadian whiskey to the man who puts on the best show. You've never seen such grief
even the dogs were howling. — Sara Gruen

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I'm truly grateful for my microwave, which allows me to easily clarify butter, steam vegetables, and - when I am really lazy - feed my three kids in less than five minutes. — Sara Gruen

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Honey, I plan to marry you the moment the ink is dry on that death certificate. — Sara Gruen

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Although, pretending not to notice is almost worse than noticing. — Sara Gruen

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It's as though I've been sleepwalking and suddenly woken to find myself here — Sara Gruen

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With a secret like that, at some point the secret itself becomes irrelevant. The fact that you kept it does not. — Sara Gruen

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The longer I do this job, the less I like people. The species, of course," he adds grimly. "There are individuals I like just fine. — Sara Gruen

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Then she turns to Midnight and perches delicately on his lowered back. He rises, arches his neck, and carries Marlena from the big top. The rest of the horses follow, once again grouped by color, crowding each other to stay close to their mistress. — Sara Gruen

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My father felt it was his duty to continue to treat animals long after he stopped getting paid. He couldn't stand by and watch a horse colic or a cow labor with a breech calf even though it meant personal ruin. The parallel is undeniable. There is no question I am the only thing standing between these animals and the business practices of August and Uncle Al, and what my father would do - what my father would want me to do - is look after them, and I am filled with that absolute and unwavering conviction. No matter what I did last night, I cannot leave these animals. I am their shepherd, their protector. And it's more than a duty. It's a covenant with my father. — Sara Gruen

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She had been warned away from it her entire life, for its depth came quickly, its coldness was fierce, and the Kelpie lay in wait. — Sara Gruen

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I strain to hear, but my old ears, for all their obscene hugeness, pick up nothing but snippets: — Sara Gruen

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Is where you're from the place you're leaving or where you have roots? — Sara Gruen

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I stare at her for a long moment. I want to kiss her. I want to kiss her more than I've ever wanted anything in my life. — Sara Gruen

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He whispers in her ear, and she basks in his attention, trumpeting happily at the sight of him.
Doesn't she remember? — Sara Gruen

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Although there are times I'd give anything to have her back, I'm glad she went first. Losing her was like being cleft down the middle. It was the moment it all ended for me, and I wouldn't have wanted her to go through that. — Sara Gruen

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Sometimes I think if I had to choose between an ear of corn or making love to a woman, I'd choose the corn. — Sara Gruen

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And August was a force. Charming, gregarious, — Sara Gruen

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The monster - if there was one - never revealed itself to me again. But what I had learned over the past year was that monsters abound, usually in plain sight. — Sara Gruen

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Always carry a large flagon of whiskey in case of snakebite, and further, always carry a small snake. — Sara Gruen

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I don't like outlining, because books are organic things. Sometimes a book doesn't want to be written in a certain way. — Sara Gruen

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I cling to my anger with every ounce of humanity left in my ruined body, but it's no use. It slips away, like a wave from shore. I am pondering this sad fact when I realize the blackness of sleep is circling my head. It's been there awhile, biding its time and growing closer with each revolution. I give up on rage, which at this point has become a formality, and make a mental note to get angry again in the morning. Then I let myself drift, because there's really no fighting it. — Sara Gruen

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I reach for the napkin, and as I do I catch sight of my hands. They are knobby and crooked, thin-skinned, and - like my ruined face - covered with liver spots.
My face. I push the porridge aside and open my vanity mirror. I should know better by now, but somehow I still expect to see myself. Instead, I find an Appalachian apple doll, withered and spotty, with dewlaps and bags and long floppy ears. A few strands of white hair spring absurdly from its spotted skull.
I try to brush the hairs flat with my hand and freeze at the sight of my old hand on my old head. I lean close and open my eyes very wide, trying to see beyond the sagging flesh.
It's no good. Even when I look straight into the milky blue eyes, I can't find myself anymore. When did I stop being me? — Sara Gruen

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Keeping up the appearance of having all your marbles is hard work, but important. — Sara Gruen

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Why the hell shouldn't I run away with the circus? — Sara Gruen

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Age is terrible thief. Just when you're getting the hang of life, it knocks your legs out from under you and stoops your back — Sara Gruen

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Hey! Shouts Camel. There ain't no woman in the world worth two bottles of whiskey! — Sara Gruen

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Actually, it's not so much that I've forgotten. It's more like I've stopped keeping track. — Sara Gruen

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Life goes on with fragile normalcy. — Sara Gruen

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I had my whole life planned.. I knew exactly where it was taking me.. — Sara Gruen

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I paused beneath the arched entrance, where the drawbridge had once been, imagining all the people who had passed in and out over the centuries, every one of them carrying a combination of desire, hope, jealousy, despair, grief, love, and every other human emotion; a combination that made each one as unique as a snowflake, yet linked all of them inextricably to every other human being from the dawn of time to the end of it. — Sara Gruen

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That's my girl," he said, struggling upright. "Always up for adventure. You're not like the other girls, you know. There's not an ounce of fun in them. That's why Hank won't marry Violet, of course. He's holding out for another you. Only there isn't one. I've got the one and only. — Sara Gruen

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All I can do is put in time waiting for the inevitable, observing as the ghost of my past rattle around my vacuous present. They crash and bang and make themselves at home, mostly because there's no competition. I've stopped fighting them. They're crashing and banging around in there now. Make yourselves at home, boys. Stay awhile. Oh, sorry- I see you already have. Damn ghost. — Sara Gruen

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I scan the room. Catherine is writing quickly, her light brown hair falling over her face. She is left-handed, and because she writes in pencil her left arm is silver from wrist to elbow. — Sara Gruen

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The sky the sky- same as it always was. — Sara Gruen

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Being the survivor stinks. — Sara Gruen

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Then I lie down on the horse blanket and drift into a dream about Marlena that will probably cost me my soul. — Sara Gruen

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When will people learn that just because you can make something doesn't mean you should? — Sara Gruen

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How is it that everyone on this train has so much alcohol?"
"We always head to Canada at the beginning of the season," she says taking her seat again. "Their laws are much more civilized. Cheers. — Sara Gruen

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When you're five, you know your age down to the month. Even in your twenties you know how old you are. I'm twenty-three, you say, or maybe twenty-seven. But then in your thirties something strange starts to happen. It's a mere hiccup at first, an instant of hesitation. How old are you? Oh, I'm - you start confidently, but then you stop. You were going to say thirty-three, but you're not. You're thirty-five. And then you're bothered, because you wonder if this is the beginning of the end. It is, of course, but it's decades before you admit — Sara Gruen

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When two people are meant to be together, they will be together. It's fate. — Sara Gruen

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The business of a newspaper is to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable was one of the aphorisms his boss liked to quote. — Sara Gruen

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Do you have any idea how much an elephant drinks? — Sara Gruen

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She blamed the lack of real flowers on both weather and the war, and instead put four or five pieces of coal in glass bowls, added water, salt, and ammonia, before finally pouring a mixture of violet and blue ink over them. It was a complete mystery to me how this alchemy would result in anything resembling flowers, but they were "blooming" within the hour. — Sara Gruen

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All right. Let's give you something to tell your grandkids about. Or great-grandkids. Or great-great-grandkids."
I snort with glee, delirious with excitement. Charlie winks and pours me another finger's worth of whiskey. Then, on second thought, he tips the bottle again.
I reach out and grab its neck. "Better not," I say. "Don't want to get tipsy and break a hip. — Sara Gruen

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Age is a terrible thief. — Sara Gruen

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When did I stop being me? — Sara Gruen

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Afterward she lies nestled against me, her hair tickling my face. I stroke her lightly, memorizing her body. I want her to melt into me, like butter on toast. I want to absorb her and walk around for the rest of my days with her encased in my skin. — Sara Gruen

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I'm glad has promised three dollars and a bottle of Canadian whiskey to the man who puts on the best show. You've never seen such grief-even the dogs are howling. — Sara Gruen

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Laughter, I noticed a footman in old-fashioned knee breeches perched near the top of a — Sara Gruen

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I came home poorer by several hundred dollars and richer by more books than I could carry. — Sara Gruen

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And Flying Changes. Her works have been translated into forty-three languages and have — Sara Gruen

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The more distressing the memory, the more persistent it's presence. — Sara Gruen

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In seventy years, I've never told a blessed soul. — Sara Gruen

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When she comes to retrieve me [in the nursing home], after the tan-colored pudding with edible oil topping has sat for a while and been removed ... — Sara Gruen

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I hate this bizarre policy of protective exclusion, because it effectively writes me off the page. — Sara Gruen

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Gorillas are in danger of being wiped out by the Ebola virus. I feel like we have limited time to get to know them and understand them and they're going to disappear - that's terrifically sad. Wouldn't it be great if we could stop that? — Sara Gruen

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Afterward, I curl around her. We lie in silence until darkness falls, and then, haltingly, she begins to talk ... She speaks without need or even room for response, so I simply hold her and stroke her hair. She talks of the pain, grief, and horror of the past four years; of learning to cope with being the wife of a man so violent and unpredictable his touch made her skin crawl and of thinking, until quite recently, that she'd finally managed to do that. And then, finally, of how my appearance had forced her to realize she hadn't learned to cope at all. — Sara Gruen

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I have to convince myself that this is not a pointless life, even the body is telling me so. — Sara Gruen

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I'm glad nothing requires my intervention, because I'm trying hard to maintain my composure. This is the first time I've ever seen a woman naked and I don't think I'll ever be the same. — Sara Gruen