Thursday Quotables: The Book of Secrets


Welcome back to Thursday Quotables! This weekly feature is the place to highlight a great quote, line, or passage discovered during your reading each week.  Whether it’s something funny, startling, gut-wrenching, or just really beautifully written, Thursday Quotables is where my favorite lines of the week will be, and you’re invited to join in!

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This week’s Thursday Quotable:

“Right, okay, but that’s not the point. Don’t you ever want to, you know, escape? Like Holden tried to do, just pick up and leave without telling anybody where you’re going? We could go and never come back if we wanted. Imagine us living in a little town in Tuscany, a two-room cottage with a flagstone path and flowers in all the windows; we’d spend all day writing novels, and then in the afternoon we’d take walks and go out to cheese shops for gorgonzola.”

I wouldn’t have been at all surprised if the dream of leaving had been brewing in Nate ever since I first met him. “You’re turning us into a chapter of A Room with a View,” I said, but when I thought of all the times I’d imagined visiting Hemingway’s Spain or Austen’s English countryside, Lewis’s Narnia or Tolkien’s Middle Earth, I could see the drive to leave for somewhere better had always been inside me too. All the best stories in the world were of escape.

Source:  The Book of Secrets
Author: Elizabeth Joy Arnold
Bantam Books, 2013

What lines made you laugh, cry, or gasp this week? Do tell!

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