No one tells you it’s all about to change, to be taken away. There’s no proximity alert, no indication that you’re standing on the precipice. And maybe that’s what makes tragedy so tragic. Not just what happens, but how it happens: a sucker punch that comes at you out of nowhere, when you’re least expecting it. No time to flinch or brace.”
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch is the ultimate exploration of what if? What if you hadn’t taken that job? What if you’d gone right instead of left? What if you never made that life-altering move? Is the grass truly greener on the other side? Would you miss all that you’ve built in this reality if you were to gain access to a different reality where you’re more successful?
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What can I do? I can go back and place all the pictures I have left of my life and I can put them together. I can put them together in a book and so when Sarah is old she can take the book and she will be able to see them again and remember.
What can I say about The Sarah Book by Scott McClanahan other than wow? I tend to get easily bored by anything vaguely non-fiction, but this one kept me captivated from the very first page. I was immediately hooked by the beautiful prose, which reads like a strange combination of stream of consciousness and poetry.
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Many of my fondest summer memories involve books. In some, I’m lounging on the beach with a book balanced on my knees, squinting at the words in the sunlight. In others, I’m curled up in a pile of blankets with the air conditioner blowing behind me, a large Harry Potter novel propped up on my pillow.
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