The Simile Museum

Tag: Fiction

“Grief rattles about your mind like a loose pebble in a shoe.”

-Caleb Azumah Nelson

“The laughter came wrung out against my will like sugar, like sweat, like a whole child, like oil from a grape seed, an unlikely miracle.”

-Venita Blackburn

“Nora’s voice was annoyingly like Alison’s, precise and concerned, careful, like the handwriting on a get-well card.”

-Alexandra Kleeman

“Aleq sat with him, but Malik didn’t seem to see him. Food appeared on his lap and then was taken away. Aleq reminded him of the way, on bad-weather days, they used to tell each other that if they closed their eyes and opened them again, the sun would be back out.

Finally Malik moved his arms and opened his eyes. His head swayed like they were on a boat.”

-Jim Shepard

“But then there are those who wear their destinies like nooses, whose lives run straight as planks, however they try to twist.”

-Madeline Miller

“The sky was black like the middle of a eye.”

-Souvankham Thammavongsa

“Condense your want into a word, and water will emerge from your mouth like milk.”

-K-Ming Chang

“..the one corner of the throw rug that flipped up like a cowlick…”

-Celeste Ng

“He skitters through the schoolyard like a traitor to childhood.”

-Richard Powers

“The woman was staring at her, so Ava stared back—the two of them aiming their gazes at each other like guns—all the way across the City of Lights. Just looking at each other from opposite shores of the rattling train. Eventually Ava took off her earrings, still not taking her eyes off the woman. Why? Because her assumption at that point, of course, was that the two of them would fight to the death. But when the train pulled into the last stop on the line, the woman just stood to exit, and when she did so, she even held back the sliding doors politely, so Ava could go first.”

-Mona Awad