Will Schwalbe: Author of the book and son of the main character
“She (Mom) said to me-and to them-that she suspected heathen prayers were even more effective than Christian or Jewish or Muslim ones- perhaps because heathens prayed less.”
“Mom had always taught all of us to examine decisions by reversibility - that is, to hedge our bets. When you couldn't decide between two things, she suggested you choose the one that allowed you to change course if necessary. Not the road less traveled but the road with the exit ramp.”
“He (Bob, family friend) remains for my family the perfect model of how you can be gone but ever present in the lives of people who loved you, in the same way that your favorite books stay with you for your entire life, no matter how long it's been since you turned the last page.”
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