Jill felt an emptiness open inside of her as she lifted her arm, a sense that something vital was being subtracted from her life. It was always like that when somebody you cared about went away, even when you knew it was inevitable, and it probably wasn't your fault. (341)
The lesson you have to learn as novelist is how to be collaborative, and how to say, "I don't get to dictate this."
It's not the cheating. It's the hunger for an alternative. The refusal to accept unhappiness.
I think I'm fascinated by the power of religion in our culture. Like a lot of secular, liberal people, I ignored it for a long time. Lately, of course, just from a political perspective, it's impossible to ignore.
I no longer believe that just about everything is funny, if viewed from the proper angle.
Back then, when everybody thought the world would last forever, nobody had time for anything.
After all, what was adult life but one moment of weakness piled on top of another? Most people just fell in line like obedient little children, doing exactly what society expected of them at any given moment, all the while pretending that theyâ€™d actually made some sort of choice.
It just so happened that for most of my life I've lived in the suburbs. Tom Perr
I was also known as Frodo because I was an early adopter of 'The Lord of the Rings.
I find that even small changes sometimes jog you out of a mental rut.
If anything, he seemed a little lonely, all too ready to open his heart at the slightest sign of interst.
I write about kids growing up, I write a lot about schools and parents, and all of my experiences with those things have been suburban experiences.
I read 'The Great Gatsby' in high school and was hypnotized by the beauty of the sentences and moved by the story about the irrevocability of lost love.
I did a lot of reading of the Bible and became fascinated with the idea of the Rapture. It's pretty wild. I hadn't heard of it until I was in college.
I used to describe myself as a comic novelist, but my concerns seem to have darkened over the past few years.
It's like the human race has been programmed for misery.
Apparently even the most awful tragedies, and the people they'd ruined, got a little stale after a while.
They both seemed to understand that describing it was beyond their powers, the gratitude that spreads through your body when a burden gets lifted, and the sense of homecoming that follows, when you suddenly remember what it feels like to be yourself.
My novels are certainly more exciting than my own life.
As for writing about temptation, there's no drama without temptation, and no novel without drama.
Nothing beats novel writing because it's complete expression of you. You just control everything. Not even a movie director has that level of control.
My wife and I left New York when she got pregnant - we just thought it would be really hard to stay in the city.
I find that even small changes sometimes jog you out of a mental rut. Tom Perr
Maybe that's what we look for in the people we love, the spark of unhappiness we think we know how to extinguish.
I was writing very early, like I was involved in our high school literary magazine, which was called 'Pariah.' The football team was the Bears, and the literary magazine was 'Pariah.' It was great. It was definitely a real sub-culture. But I wrote stories for them.
It felt good, the whole family together on a sunny morning in a wholesome environment. If it hadn't been for the warshiping God part, he would have happily attended church on a regular basis.
You could say that this book is ripped from the headlines, but that wouldn't be fair. Bret Anthony Johnston's riveting novel picks up where the tabloids leave off, and takes us places even the best journalism can't go. Remember Me Like This is a wise, moving, and troubling novel about family and ide
Meg was going to have to learn for herself what Laurie had figured out over the summer â€” that it was better to leave well enough alone, to avoid unnecessary encounters with people youâ€™d left behind, to not keep poking at that sore tooth with the tip of your tongue. Not because you didnâ€™t love
He'd never had to make the adjustments and compromises other people accepted early in their romantic careers; never had a chance to learn the lesson that Sarah taught him everyday--that beauty was only a part of it, and not even the most important part, that there were transactions between people th
I don't really distinguish between sympathy and honesty when I'm writing. The two go together - I'm interested in inhabiting my characters, seeing the world through their eyes.