“Cain and Abel were not brothers, not twins. They were...two sides of the same person, good and evil warring against its own inclinations. The same struggle was borne out in every person, over and over, from the very most beginning of time, and you could only answer for yourself which brother would win.”
By Megan Thomas This is the best short story collection I’ve ever read. I’m still thinking about each and every story, the magical realism still playing over in my mind and offering alternative interpretations as the time after reading passes. Julia Armfield lyrically captures the confounding nuances of human experience and interaction, the intricacies and…
“Be a person with knowledge, not just opinions.”
"Hating, after all, was a drier form of drowning."
"But people do pay other people to act like part of the family. That doesn't mean it's not a transaction.”
“Oh, how I regret not having worn a bikini for the entire year I was twenty-six. If anyone young is reading this, go, right this minute, put on a bikini, and don't take it off until you're thirty-four.”
“You learn nothing very profound about yourself simply by being bullied; but by bullying someone else you learn something you can never forget.”
A story about falling in love at the end of your life.
“You don’t believe the sky is falling until a chunk of it falls on you.”
“Nolite te bastardes carborundorum. Don't let the bastards grind you down.”