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  • I closed my eyes to watch tiny dancers like jeweled birds cross the dark screen of my eyelids.
    (Janet Fitch, "White Oleander")

  • I was always mortified.Didn't they know they were tying thier mothers to the ground? Weren't chains ashamed of their prisoners?
    (Janet Fitch, "White Oleander")

  • My loneliness tasted like pennies.
    (Janet Fitch, "White Oleander")

  • The cake had a trick candle that wouldn't go out, so I didn't get my wish. Which was just that it would always be like this, that my life could be a party just for me.
    (Janet Fitch, "White Oleander")

  • Who was I, really? I was the sole occupant of my mother's totalitarian state, my own personal history rewritten to fit the story she was telling that day. There were so many missing pieces. I was starting to find some of them, working my way upriver, collecting a secret cache of broken memories in a shoebox.
    (Janet Fitch, "White Oleander")


  • I could hear the icy winds of Sweden, but he didn't seem to feel the chill.
    (Janet Fitch, "White Oleander")

  • I watched her for a long time, memorizing her shoulders, her long-legged gait. This was how girls left. They packed up their suitcases and walked away in high heels. They pretended they weren't crying, that it wasn't the worst day of their lives. That they didn't want their mothers to come running after them, begging their forgiveness, that they wouldn't have gone down on their knees and thanked god if they could stay.
    (Janet Fitch, "White Oleander")

  • Nobody had forgotten anything here. In Berlin, you had to wrestle with the past, you had to build on the ruins, inside them. It wasn't like America where we scraped the earth clean, thinking we could start again every time.
    (Janet Fitch, "White Oleander")

  • The nearest I'd come to feeling anything like God was the plan blue cloudless sky and a certain silence, but how do you pray to that?
    (Janet Fitch, "White Oleander")

  • Women always put men first. That's how everything got so screwed up.
    (Janet Fitch, "White Oleander")

  • I couldn't imagine owning beauty like my mothers. I wouldn't dare.
    (Janet Fitch, "White Oleander")

  • I wished I could shut it in a locket to wear aroung my neck. I wish a thousand-year sleep would find us, at this absolute second, like the sleep over the castle of Sleeping Beauty.
    (Janet Fitch, "White Oleander")

  • Now I wish she'd never broken any of her rules. I understood why she held to them so hard. Once you broke the first one, they all broke, one by one, like firecrackers exploding in your face in a parking lot on the Fourth of July.
    (Janet Fitch, "White Oleander")

  • The night crackled ... Everything had turned to static electricity in the heat. I combed my hair to watch the sparks fly from the ends.
    (Janet Fitch, "White Oleander")

  • You must find a boy your own age. Someone mild and beautiful to be your lover. Someone who will tremble for your touch...someone whoes fingers are a poem.
    (Janet Fitch, "White Oleander")


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