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208 pages, Kindle Edition
First published February 3, 2015
Sarah…wondered what flavor silence was, and if it grew hard and brittle if you threw it away, or if people sometimes stepped on wads of discarded silence and it stuck to the soles of their shoes and made their footfalls softer.” – Location 50, ARC
Kids in stories are always going where they shouldn’t and discovering hidden treasure and evil plots and unmasking villains.
But no story ever comes to an end, at least not one so neat. There are voices silenced, characters erased at the storyteller’s whim.” The bird clacked its beak. “They do not tell you what happens when the children have eaten their way through the witch’s treasures and face another starveling winter, when the glass slipper no longer fits the crone’s swollen foot, when the beauty doesn’t fall in love with her beastly prince.”
“People fall out of love slower than they fall in, to be sure, but there’s the story no one wants to tell. It’s dull. Boring. The good ones don’t always win. Nothing lasts forever.”
sometimes when she woke in the dark she would play little games with herself--games that she knew she should have already outgrown, so she never spoke of them to anyone. They were silly, childish things, and she knew enough to understand that there was no admitting to silly childish things when you were past a certain age.