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261 pages, Hardcover
First published January 5, 2021
“Doing a job with him is one thing,” Cassie said, “but bringing him here? News, we’ve never had a man here before.”
“What does that matter?” News asked. “Out in the world, I’m as much a man as he is. I don’t see you kicking me out.”
“News, you know what I mean,” Cassie said.
I wanted to know exactly what they’d taken, and what was left; if he could still feel pleasure when he went to bed with someone; and what if felt like, to go through the world with such a wound.
“I’m sorry for trying to stand up for you,” I said, angry now. “I won’t make that mistake again.”
“I don’t need anyone to stand up for me, Doctor. Certainly not you.”
“The point is, you live like I did, you start being able to spot what makes some people sink and other people swim. There’s a quality, I don’t even know how to describe it—sometimes it looks like luck and sometimes it looks like skill and sometimes it doesn’t look like either one. But you have it, I saw it when I met you. You’ve made a lot of mistakes, but you’re a good bet. You’ll swim.”
“If they take you, keep your head up. Don't beg for your life. Don't confess to any sin. If you die without shame, the shame is all theirs.”
"You see, when we found this land, I knew it was promised not just for us, but for the descendants of our minds and hearts, all those cast out of their homes and banished by their families, all those slandered and maligned, imprisoned and abused, for no crime but that God saw fit not to plant children in their wombs. I knew that we would build a nation of the dispossessed, where we would be not barren women, but kings."
“People cry witchcraft whenever they don’t understand something.”
“Knowledge can be very valuable... but only if people want it. If they don't, it can be worse than useless.”
“When someone believes in something... you can't just take it away. You have to give them something to replace it.”