Thursday Quotables: Girl Waits With Gun


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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Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart
(published 2015)

I’m listening to this audiobook, and absolutely love it! I had a hard time coming up with a passage to share, so I think I’ll just go with the opening of chapter 1, which gives a hint of the quirky charm that’s to come:

Our troubles began in the summer of 1914, the year I turned thirty-five. The Archduke of Austria had just been assassinated, the Mexicans were revolting, and absolutely nothing was happening at our house, which explains why all three of us were riding to Paterson on the most trivial of errands. Never had a larger committee been convened to make a decision about the purchase of mustard powder and the replacement of a claw hammer whose handle had split from age and misuse.

Against my better judgment I allowed Fleurette to drive. Norma was reading to us from the newspaper as she always did.

“Man’s Trousers Cause Death,” Norma called out.

“It doesn’t say that.” Fleurette snorted and turned around to get a look at the paper. The reins slid out of her hands.

“It does,” Norma insisted. “It says that a Teamster was in the habit of hanging his trousers over the gas jet at night but, being under the influence of liquor, didn’t notice that the trousers smothered the flame.”

“Then he died of gas poisoning, not of trousers.”

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

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2 thoughts on “Thursday Quotables: Girl Waits With Gun

  1. Oh goodness, that’s fantastic!
    I had a chance to download this from NetGalley. I did consider it. Didn’t do it in the end, becuase I knew I wouldn’t be able to read it before the file expired. That’s my problem with NetGalley. I now try to download files only when I know I can at least try and make time for them.
    But I’m so sorry I didn’t. This sounds like a fantastic, enjoyable read.

    I actually posted a quatable yesterday, you know? Messy week, that’s why I’m here only today. But in case you feel like checking it out, here’s my quotable

    • Funny, I’d originally gotten this from NetGalley, and didn’t get to it at the time, but I’m so glad I finally made time for it. I’m listening to the audiobook, and it’s wonderful. I think you’d love it!

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