A brilliant and wonderfully reviewed first novel: the story of two sisters and the man who enters both their lives. During the worst of the prairie dust bowl of the 1930's, a young man appears out of a blizzard, and two sisters' lives are changed forever. Norma Joyce Hardy is the dark and... read more
“He began to think the over-full lips less peculiar than sensuous, the over-wide forehead not outlandish but impressive, the licorice gums not so much weird as exotic. It can happen to anyone. You see the same plain landscape day after day, and then one day, perhaps it's the play of light or the time of year, you find it beautiful and other landscapes at fault. So it must be with fashion. Ordinary judgment falls into abeyance and something else, some bewitchment takes over. How else to explain the appeal of garments that in a few years look so ridiculous?”
“What she was struggling with then, she reealizes, is what she's struggling with still-how to make a life out of very little.”
“Lucinda would remember the ledge of disappointment. The way disappointment narrowed her world to an isolated ledge on which she sat. It wasn't a matter of thinking Maurice was bound to come. She had known he might well not come...but knowledge is one thing, hope another. ........She had thought about him all winter, that was the trouble. A quiet woman in a quiet house turning memory into a piece of embroidery until, just as in the old stories, she pricked her finger and feel into a deep and sudden sleep. She slept half of June and all of July away.”
“Probably it happens fairly often, falling in love in a dream. You wake up with an appetite for someone you might not even like. But in the dream ther was sex, and upon waking, the idea of sex, and from then on that person is soon your mind in an entirely new way.”
“A child falls in love with a man, and the man is seduced by the intensity he has generated. Then his attention shifts to something else. End of story.”
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