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Before You Know Kindness by Chris Bohjalian
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Jan 25, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction
Read from January 25 to February 01, 2010

"Her father taught at the University of Vermont, in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, and he was one of the country's leading experts on a bug with the appalling-sounding name of the pear thrip" (86).
" 'So,' John began, deciding now was as good a time as any to ask the qustion that was standing in the room with them like an uninvited and slightly malodorous third person, 'how angry are you?'" (172).
"He hoped the anniversary would never become an excuse for retail sales bonanzas the way Washington's Birthday and Memorial Day had, but you never knew: Perhaps in fifty years 9/11 would be commemorated always on the second Monday in September, so there would be back-toback three-day weekends at the end of summer. The very notion made him shudder, but he knew in this world it could happen" (243).
"She understood that some pieces of earth transcended mere rock and vista and were capable of summoning a particular place in time. A precise memory, an echo of a season of one's life" (258).

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