“We learn best to listen to our own voices if we are listening at the same time to other women-whose stories, for all our differences, turn out, if we listen well, to be our stories also.”
— Barbara Deming
Literature is the last banquet between minds.
— Edna O’Brien
Those who are happy enough to have a taste for reading, need never be at a loss for amusement.—Maria de Sevigne (1626-1696)
“Literature is the lie that tells the truth, that shows us human beings in pain and makes us love them, and does so in a spirit of honest revelation.”—Dorothy Allison
I read Allison’s debut novel, Bastard Out of Carolina, back in 1992 when it was published. It caught my eye because it was one of five finalists for the 1992 National Book Award. It’s a tough read since there are graphic scenes of a man sexually abusing his young stepdaughter. What I didn’t know until posting this quote is that the novel is the semi-autobiographical
There is a side of friendship that develops better and stronger by correspondence than contact…. The absence of the flesh in writing perhaps brings souls nearer.—Emily Carr