“In a world of presumptuous people, irony is alive and well,” concludes James Morrison, the narrator of this touching coming of age novel. A view Shannie Ortolan - James’ longtime friend, sometimes lover, and full-time obsession - wouldn’t argue. From their first encounter as teenagers until... read more
“Why do we insist on being carpenters of our own crosses?”Steve Lucas
““I always planned on using the plot for myself. I always loved that part of the cemetery. I never thought I’d need it for my little girl.””Diane Ortolan
““The way I look at it…” Russell said putting his arm around me the day after Shannie’s accident. We were walking down Main Street towards the Railroad tracks. “…is that you gots this choice. Ya see life goes and serves you up this plate. If ya don’t wanna starve ya gotta eat what’s on yo plate. Who wants to go hungry? You don’t go and starve yourself just ‘cause someone went and put some liver on yo plate instead of ice cream. That’s what butterfly’s little friend did. She didn’t want no liver, she had herself there a sweet tooth. Liver wasn’t gonna cut it for her, no sir. She’d rather starve and she did, she went hungry. Now Butterfly,” Russell went on as we continued towards the railroad crossing, “well she ate what be on her plate, she always cleaned her plate. Just a shame someone gone and poisoned her food.””Russell
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