What do you think?
Rate this book
400 pages, Paperback
First published August 7, 2018
And in that moment, his smile banished my loneliness. He moved toward me, grasping my hand, his touch hummed in my bones like an aria. A song to my dance. The beginning of a promise.
It is rare that I am so emotional about a book, let alone a short story, but this one made me weep and feel the range of emotions from happy, laughing, giddy to sad, hurt, lost and many more - a rainbow of feelings, really. Roshani Chokshi’s storytelling once and for all found its special place inside my heart. I don’t have anything else to say, just eager to feel more of that unearthly magic of her words.
“Love was extraordinary.
“Of all the human desires and emotions that fascinated her, love was the most mysterious of them all.”
“‘To possess even a single line in the legend of you is the greatest wish I could have made.'”
"Did they live happily ever after?" This question made her grandmother pause. "They lived," she said carefully. "Mostly happily. Sometimes furiously. But always gratefully. It is, I think, the best way to spend existence."
"Will you come back tomorrow?"
"And the next day. And the day after that."
I bit back a smile. "For how long?"
"As long as it takes."
"That's just the teeth of ambition chewing at the heart of you," she said. "Let it bite. It's good for you."
"And she knew, even as she reached for the flame of his last breath, that loving him would be the bravest thing she had ever done."