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“It was a lesson most people learned much earlier; that even friendship could have an undisclosed shelf life. That loyalty and affection, so consuming and powerful, could dissipate like fog.”
Jennifer Haigh, The Condition
“The story of my family. . .changes with the teller.”
Jennifer Haigh, Faith
“I wanted only a familiar voice, someone who knew me. Not some earlier, larval version of myself. . .”
Jennifer Haigh, Faith
“...sooner or later you have to decide what you believe." It was a thing I'd always known but until recently had forgotten: that faith is a decision. In its most basic form, it is a choice.”
Jennifer Haigh, Faith
“Destiny, she’d learned, was written in the heavens; a person couldn’t take what the universe didn’t wish to give.”
Jennifer Haigh, Mrs. Kimble
“When they touched it was like touching her own body. From childhood they had been the same height; their arms and legs and hands were still perfectly congruent. Only the centers of them were different, aching, fascinated, every part of them heated to the same temperature as the sun warmed pond.”
Jennifer Haigh, Mrs. Kimble
“The human heart: its expansions and contractions its electrics and hydraulics the warm tides that move and fill it. For years Art had studied it from a safe distance from many perspectives...he listened in fascination and revulsion, in envy and pity. He dispensed canned wisdom, a little scripture. He sent them on their way with a prayer.”
Jennifer Haigh, Faith
“His words stayed with her for years. Each night as she lay waiting for sleep, she tried to re-create the evening in her mind — the tone of his voice, his hand on her shoulder. Soon the memory was worn as an old photograph, the edges fuzzy from frequent handling; she worried that she’d gotten the words wrong, forgotten some nuance of his face or voice. Finally she wondered if she’d made the whole thing up.”
Jennifer Haigh, Mrs. Kimble
“I open my heart to her and lay it on the table.”
Jennifer Haigh, Faith
“...that renunciation of human closeness, of our deepest instincts: is it, in the end, simply too much to ask? Good men-sound, healthy men-can't make the sacrifice, or don't want to; has Holy Mother settled for the unsound and unhealthy? Has the Church, ever pragmatic, made do with what is left?”
Jennifer Haigh, Faith
“More than anything in life, she wishes she'd let him. That she'd smiled for the camera. That she'd said yes. Life was gone before you knew it;how foolish she'd been to refuse any of it.”
Jennifer Haigh, News from Heaven: The Bakerton Stories
“But his singing was unconscious and irrepressible - an expression of his native exuberance, the dreamy, buoyant soundtrack running through his head.”
Jennifer Haigh, Faith
“I have great respect for writers who are humble, whose language allows the reader to see the story but doesn't get in the way. Language is a window, and if the window is clean, you shouldn't be aware you're looking through glass.”
Jennifer Haigh
“It was the oldest friends who mattered most. With each passing year, Paulette realized this more deeply. She thought of her borther Roy, retired to Arizona, to golf with other men who were also - she loathed the expression - senior citizens. Roy had arrived in Phoenix with an entire life behind him, a career, a marriage; to his new friends he'd always be old.”
Jennifer Haigh, The Condition
“Her skin was as pale as milk. She must live on vanilla ice cream, Dinah thought; rounds of Camembert, crème anglaise.”
Jennifer Haigh, Mrs. Kimble
“That renunciation of human closeness, of our deepest instincts: is it, in the end, simply too much to ask? Good men-sound, healthy men-can't make the sacrifice, or don't want to; has Holy Mother settled for the unsound and unhealthy? Has the Church, ever pragmatic, made do with what is left?”
Jennifer Haigh
“Abby was an excellent mother, by every measure better than Ma had been. She rationed the boys’ TV watching, doled out vitamins, kept track of their dental checkups, wrestled them into their baths. Yet Mike sometimes wondered: did Abby enjoy their children? Wasn’t there more to being a parent than simply doing everything right?”
Jennifer Haigh, Faith


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