Of Things Gone AstrayBook - 2014
The debut novel from Janina Matthewson. Perfect for fans of Andrew Kaufman.
Matthewson's debut is a magical fable in which a group of characters all lose something dear to them: the front of their house, their piano keys, their sense of direction, their place of work. It is also story of a young boy whose father brought them to London following his mother's death in an earthquake, a young boy who starts to find lost things.
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If left unused, conversations can grow rusty over time. The opinions and feelings we've expressed before, when left to their own devices, can grow sluggish and curmudgeonly. They become too used to sitting alone and unconsidered, and if you ask them to move, their joints can ache, or parts of them can crumble away. Sometimes you can return to an opinion you've not visited in years and find it's died and rotted away without you even noticing. Sometimes a feeling we assume we'll have for ever can abandon us and leave a gap we don't notice until we suddenly feel the need to call upon that feeling.
There's nothing like forgiveness for making a person feel guilty. There's nothing like understanding for making a person feel undeserving. Because if someone is willing to forgive a weakness, they deserve better than to have put up with it.
"No matter how old we get, we somehow can never convince ourselves that whatever trial we're in the middle of is only temporary. No matter how may trials we've had in the past, and no matter how well we remember that they eventually were there no longer, we're sure that this one, this one right now, is a permanent state of affairs. But it's not. By nature humans are temporary beings."
"You're saying I just have to ride it out until it goes away."
"Not at all, my dear. I'm saying you have to strive for a solution and trust that eventually there will be one."
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