"I admired my mother in some ways, although things between us were never easy. She expected too much from me, I felt. She expected me to vindicate her life for her, and the choices she'd made. I didn't want to live my life on her terms. I didn't want to be the model offspring, the incarnation of her ideas. We used to fight about that. I am not your justification for existence, I once said to her once. I want her back, I want everything back, the way it was. But there is no point to it, this wanting."
“They wore blouses with buttons down the front that suggested the possibilities of the word undone. These women could be undone; or not. They seemed to be able to choose. ”
“We lived, as usual by ignoring. Ignoring isn't the same as ignorance, you have to work at it.”
“Better never means better for everyone... It always means worse, for some.”