Perhaps you swam your way to the surface of one of those vivid dreams that come with too much wine and too little warning and you wonder how unspoken words can echo and you wonder how your hand can be warm when it’s been so long since someone took it allowed your fingers to unclench long enough to wave goodbye
And something about the way the sun slides down the drawn faces of the 6 a.m. coffee queue tells their secrets for a moment before they wince as if struck and step back into obscurity reminds you of the fire’s tentative dance sparking only as little of eyes as is needed to say everything leaving the trembling rest in fluid shadow
Someone screams someone’s name as if cliff-side at the moment of the fall but it doesn’t echo, and it can’t be you
“In my favorite passage from The Handmaid’s Tale, figurative language reminds us that Offred’s flesh is and isn’t flesh, and that although her body is controlled by the state, it’s far from a defined, closed system. This brief unhinging of meaning is an act of defiance. And in a world where all you’re allowed is your female body, it also may be a relief.”—I’ve writtenbefore about By Heart, a series at The Atlantic in which authors write short pieces about their favorite passages in literature. This week, our own Edan Lepucki — whose new novel you may have heard about thanks to Stephen Colbert — writes about the metaphors in Margaret Atwood’sThe Handmaid’s Tale. (FYI, Margaret Atwoodwrote a Year in Reading entry for The Millions.)
“We’re all strangers connected by what we reveal, what we share, what we take away — our stories. I guess that’s what I love about books. They are thin strands of humanity that tether us to one another for a small bit of time, that make us feel less alone or even more comfortable with our aloneness, if need be.”—Libba Bray (via venebelle)
have you released your book Lullabies? and would I be able to find it in Canada?
Yes, the official worldwide release date is Sep 16 (tomorrow) and Lullabies will be available in Chapters Indigo and independent book stores throughout Canada. Some stores have already began putting them on the shelves :)