For Jane Re, a half-Korean, half-American orphan, Flushing, Queens, is the place she’s been trying to escape from her whole life.
“These things can be explained: the weeping icons, the bleeding statues, the healing of disease, the aberrations of sun and sky and light, the apparitions of Jesus and Mary and Springsteen.” By Andrew Roe
“There was nothing left for us to do, and a lot of us simply fell apart.” By William Black
“Conditions that worked for my kid won’t be the same for yours, etc.” By Evan Lavender-Smith
“When a man asks you to break his nose you don’t have much choice in the matter.” By Jared Yates Sexton
“Elspeth Howell was a sinner.” By James Scott
“He was lucky, he knew: Julia didn’t mind his magazines or at least she didn’t complain.” By Steve Himmer
“He finds that he can light his candles merely by touching their wicks with a finger.” By Mike Meginnis
“I was luckier than my father as the great love of my life seemed to be indestructible. I played Scrabble.” By James Browning
“I wish I could kiss someone I hate.” By Lauren Becker
“She was the one who brought the condom today, the mix CD and candle. She’d pulled off his socks the way an expert would, not the way a virgin would.” By Christy Cruchfield
“I want to be a bigger man, a less predictable man than the kind who confuses love with sex.” By Courtney Maum
“Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.” By Celeste Ng
A page by page key to the allusions in Vernon Downs, by Jaime Clarke.