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The Invisible Circus by Jennifer Egan
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Dec 18, 2010

really liked it
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Recommended to Emily by: Jaimie
Recommended for: anyone who just got back from Europe; new lovers
Read from December 18 to 24, 2010

"Phoebe tried in vain to keep track of the days. Her time was measured now in journeys between longing and fulfillment, the pace of which might vary from merciless speed to agonizing stillness. The resulting calm was always short-lived. Eventually the trip would be repeated, often so many times in a day that the day itself became meaningless. After four, Phoebe lost count.
Time compressed. She felt herself aging telescopically, older now than she'd been last week, or yesterday, even this morning, before the sun made its lazy arc across the bed.
She and Wolf left the room only rarely."

"Phrases she had heard or read would float to mind: 'I melted at his touch,' 'couldn't keep our hands off each other,' 'consumed by passion,' cliches that still provoked Phoebe's scorn, but not her skepticism. From the depths of sleep she reached for Wolf; mornings they woke to each other's caresses, afterward collapsing back into sleep without having spoken. Their appetite sharpened with the days, until sometimes it seemed only minutes since they'd crumpled helplessly on the four-poster bed that was their home before Phoebe found herself turning again to Wolf, half-ashamed until he pulled her to him with equal readiness."

"but when she tried to imagine it, herself and Wolf sharing a life like normal adults, no picture came to mind. But that was because of the newness, she reasoned; though it felt like ages had passed, it was really only days. They needed time to grow into this thing, would be guided through its later stages as naturally as they'd been led to this first one."

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