Jessie Ann Foley

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Jessie Ann Foley

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The Carnival at Bray

3.88 avg rating — 2,287 ratings — published 2014 — 10 editions
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Neighborhood Girls

3.92 avg rating — 301 ratings — published 2017 — 4 editions
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Sorry For Your Loss

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“Then what is good? The obsessive interest in human affairs, plus a certain amount of compassion and moral conviction, that first made the experience of living something that must be translated into pigment or music or bodily movement or poetry or prose or anything that's dynamic and expressivee--that's what's good for you if you're at all serious in your aims. William Saroyan wrote a great play on this theme, that purity of heart is the one success worth having. "In the time of your life--live!" That time is short and it doesn't return again. It is slipping away while I write this and while you read it, the monosyllable of the clock is Loss, loss, loss, unless you devote your heart to its opposition.”
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"The Trauma Cleaner
One Woman’s Extraordinary Life in the Business of Death, Decay and Disaster
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“That's what living people do. They shatter and rebuild, shatter and rebuild, shatter and rebuild until they are old and worn and stooped from the work of it.”
Jessie Ann Foley, The Carnival at Bray

“Everything that ever happens to you only happens once, so you better never stop paying attention.”
Jessie Ann Foley, The Carnival at Bray

“Maggie nodded. She was more than okay. Not only was she no longer sick, she felt as if she'd just awoken from the long, safe torpor of her childhood. The night had blasted her free of that shell, and she had emerged new and raw and ready. She felt the ticket stub folded carefully in her pocket. How many kids in Bray would be able to say they'd stood just feet from Billy Corgan, that they'd been at the Metro for the "Siamese Dream" record release show, that they'd seen Lake Shore Drive on a Sunday morning through the prism of a concert comedown, the runners looking so silly with their skinny legs and their neon shorts, chugging along the footpath with their calorie counters and Gatorade?”
Jessie Ann Foley, The Carnival at Bray

“I am an American, Chicago born – Chicago, that somber city – and go at things as I have taught myself, free-style, and will make the record in my own way: first to knock, first admitted; sometimes an innocent knock, sometimes a not so innocent. But a man's character is his fate, says Heraclitus, and in the end there isn't any way to disguise the nature of the knocks by acoustical work on the door or gloving the knuckles.”
Saul Bellow, The Adventures of Augie March

“Each day a raid on the inarticulate--T.S. Eliot”
T.S. Eliot

“The best revenge is living well without you. ”
Joyce Carol Oates

“Every intense relationship between human beings is full of traps, and if you want it to endure you have to learn to avoid them. I did so then, and finally it seemed that I had only come up against yet another proof of how splendid and shadowy our friendship was, how long and complicated Lila’s suffering had been, how it still endured and would endure forever.”
Elena Ferrante, The Story of the Lost Child

“Unlike stories, real life, when it has passed, inclines toward obscurity, not clarity.”
Elena Ferrante, The Story of the Lost Child

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