A purple African violet so lush and fleshy it looked edible... his fingers as cool and smooth as beach stones.
("She's Come Undone")
More Quotes from Wally Lamb:I am not a smart man, particularly, but one day, at long last, I stumbled from the dark woods of my own, and my family's, and my country's past, holding in my hands these truths: that love grows from the rich loam of forgiveness; that mongrels make good dogs; that the evidence of God exists in the roundness of things. This much, at least, I've figured out. I know this much is true.
Accept what people offer. Drink their milkshakes. Take their love.
Power, wrongly used, defeats the oppressor as well as the oppressed.
However far fiction writers stray from their own lives and experiences - and I stray pretty far from mine - I think, ultimately, that we may be writing what we need to write in some way, albeit unconsciously.
I didn't know any schizophrenics. The most valuable information I got was from people with the disease and their family members.
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