The Simile Museum

Category: Fiction


“Four days stretched out like the creation of toffee.”

-Elizabeth George

“It’s funny how love can jump from one person to another, like a flea.”

– Ottessa Moshfegh

Naive Honeymooners

“Oliver might have guessed at other reasons; he had felt too happy to look for them. Like a driver who has found a shortcut on his daily route, like a soldier who has won an objective without bloodshed, like a writer who has made his point thriftily, he drew happiness from his own efficacy.”

-Harry Matthews

“The mist has flopped over onto the embankment like a sailing ship.”

-Michael Ondaatje


“None of them could bear to imagine that child, their own flesh and blood, raised by birds, essentially a bird slowly converted to human by lab scientists. He appeared in the prayers of this scattered cult once in a while, but even then they, with their own troubles, eventually let the horror of him fade, like an old bad dream.”

-Porochista Khakpour

“My daddy’s face is a study. Winter moves into it and presides there. His eyes become a cliff of snow threatening to avalanche; his eyebrows bend like black limbs of leafless trees.”

-Toni Morrison


“Peter was not quite like other boys; but he was afraid at last. A tremour ran through him, like a shudder passing over the sea; but on the sea one shudder follows another till there are hundreds of them, and Peter felt just the one.”

-James Matthew Barrie


“They hold each other. Julie is very white, her hair prickly-short. The room’s darkness is pocked with little bits of Los Angeles, at night, through glass. The dark drifts down around them and fits like a gardener’s glove.”

-David Foster Wallace


“She smiled at him like they were about to rob a bank together.”

-Rachel Kushner


“He is gone and the water rushes up behind me like a couple of police officers with their blue lights flashing, with their steel blue guns drawn.”

-Samantha Hunt