This is historical fiction to present day contemporary with a gothic fairytale in between alternating chapters. Often I could not wait to get to the next part. In places though I cringed. More than cringed, I was saddened to my core, dumbstruck that while a fictional account, such atrocities did occur. I rail against the people that did nothing. Again and again history repeats itself. Will we ever learn?
No spoilers/specifics here just a recommended must read. I will share a few of my favorite lines that made their way into my commonplace book:
- How you can ricochet from a moment where you are on top of the world to one where you are crawling at rock bottom
- But thinking doesn’t change anything does it?
- This is just a place to keep all my thoughts. They get away from me otherwise.
- The person may have a scar but it also means they have a story.
- A story will tell itself when it is ready.
- “I never said I do not remember,” my grandmother corrects. “I said I prefer to forget”
- Inside each of us is a monster; inside each of us is a saint.
- But at any given moment, we are capable of doing what we least expect.
- The only monsters I’ve ever known are men.
- After the first two times, I stopped noticing. It was as if death had become part of the landscape.
- The story flowed like blood from my hand; sometimes it seemed that I was simply channeling a film that was already playing, that I was only the projector instead of the creator. When I wrote I felt untethered, impossibly free.
All 11 above were taken from the Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
I am still on page 311 of 460 and plan to finish reading tonight. I should have finished last week but I had a pity party for one instead. Glad that’s in my rear view mirror though I better keep going lest those ugly feelings catch up with me again.
I will likely have more for my commonplace book before I am done. And the final reward is lunch and book club with a dear sweet co-worker. I am not sure if I will circle back and add to this post or keep the remainder as treasures for myself.
As always, more to come.