"Mama says how I was born is how I live, my thoughts racing faster than what I know what to do with them. She claims I came hurling into the world screaming bloody murder as if I were trying to raise the dead. And then she gets a faraway look that feels as if someone has pulled the scenery from the room and you're left standing in the dark with no walls and no ceiling." -This I Know
"She only knew she couldn't risk shutting off the car, having her girls broil in the heat, like a distracted mother at a shopping mall in the newspaper only a week ago." "They were at peace, protected from the vicious heat with the car running, the cool air circulating." "Dropping to her knees, Claire flattened one hand on the greasy floor like a kickstand. She couldn't pass out."