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503 pages, Mass Market Paperback
First published January 1, 1997
"I felt as a dam must feel when it's holding back an entire river."
"I felt as sore as a rock must feel when the waterfall has pounded on it all day long."
"My poor scalp felt the way clay must feel after the potter has scored it with a sharp stick."
"Like water bugs kicking along the surface."
"Like the crisp skin of a grilled fish."
"Like a scrap of paper in the wind."
"Like ruts in the bark of a tree."
"Like a pig trying to survive in a slaughterhouse."
"Like a stray cat on the street without a master to feed it."
"My mind on the eve of my debut was like a garden in which the flowers have only begun to poke their faces up through the soil."
"It was like when a caterpillar turns into a butterfly."
"Out of my element as a pigeon in a nest of falcons."
"Felt as a simple smelt must feel when a silver salmon glides by."
We lead our lives like water flowing down a hill, going more or less in one direction until we splash into something that forces us to find a new course.