Tuesday, August 16, 2005

I ain't done this in a while

I be reading the book "The Icarus Girl" by first-time novelist Helen Oyeyemi. She finished the book before she turned 19. I won't hold that against her, the world needs geniuses. What I haven't done in a while is quote from a book I am reading. An 8 year old is meeting her Nigerian grandfather for the first time: "As Jess sat in the parlour, keeping very still so that she wouldn't take up much space on the brown-and-white sofa, she allowed herself to stare openly and seriously at her grandfather, and he did the same. She felt as if she were a little piece of him that had crumbled off maybe, which he was examining for flaws and broken bits before decidng whether it was worth taking it to be reattached."

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