• if beale street could talk, james baldwin
    • "it's a miracle to realize that somebody loves you."
    • "fonny liked me so much that it didn't occur to him that he loved me."
    • "'you're with me, all the time, all the time, without you i don't know if i could make it at all, baby, and when i put down the chisel, i'll always come to you.'"
    • "'now, don't be scared,' he whispered. 'don't be scared. just remember that i belong to you. just remember that i wouldn't hurt you for nothing in this world. you just going to have to get used to me. and we got all the time in the world.'"
    • "'you're her father. you love her. and so i know you know – you have to know – that i love her. i've loved her all my life.'"
    • "joseph looked hard at fonny – a long look, in which one watched skepticism surrender to a certain resigned tenderness, a self-recognition."
  • mask of shadows, linsey miller
    • "i shuddered and gripped at the table's edge with my free hand. this was tender, intimate, and totally new."
    • "she wanted some part of me on her for longer than a heartbeat, and the thought rendered me senseless, unable to even recall what letters made up my name. 'it won't be pretty.' 'i don't want it to be pretty. i want it to be yours.'"
    • "'say my name again,' i said and braced myself for the chill of leaving her."
  • i wish you all the best, mason deaver
    • "the way he's looking at me warms me from the inside out, and part of me wants to cry and the other part wants to laugh and all of me wants him to look at me this way forever."
    • "'what about my person?' 'your person.' i like the way the words sound. on his lips and to my ears. 'my ben.'"
  • when the moon was ours, anna-marie mclemore
    • "he could give his body, as it was, to the one girl who understood it was not the whole of him."
    • "she didn't want to take it from him, to strip from him something that belonged to his body. but now he held on to her harder than she'd held on to him. now he wouldn't let her break away from him any more than she'd let his hand go."
  • tipping the velvet, sarah waters
    • "'when i see her,' i said, 'it's like – i don't know what it's like. it's like i never saw anything at all before.'"
    • "'she makes me want to smile and weep, at once. she makes me sore, here.' i placed a hand upon my chest, upon the breast-bone. 'i never saw a girl like her before. i never knew that there were girls like her...'"
    • "hearing it, i understood at last my wildness of the past seven days. i thought, how queer it is! – and yes, how very ordinary: i am in love with you."
    • "'then i shall call you 'nan' – if i might?' if she might! i nodded and smiled like an idiot: for the thrill of being addressed by her i would gladly have lost all of my old name and taken a new one, or gone nameless entirely."
    • "i had the same sensation: a pang of disappointment and regret that turned instantly to pleasure and to aching love; a desire to touch, to embrace and caress, so strong i had to turn aside or fold my arms for fear that they would fly about her and press her close."
    • "i knew by the changing tempos of her set just when to set the kettle on the hearth, so the cup would be ready for her return."
    • "i loved everything that she left behind her."
  • ruin of stars, linsey miller
    • "the best parts of him kept getting better."
    • "'i'm furious at you, but stop staring at me like i stabbed you. we'll always be family.'"
    • "'what happened?' she asked, lips moving against my ear, and the closeness of it, the intimacy, nearly made me sob."
    • "'i want to love you. i want to know you. all the little parts i don't know yet.'"
may 15 2019 ∞
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