The Simile Museum

Tag: Novel

“Rather than fabulous and enviable, then, I felt in London the way you do when you take one step too many at the bottom of a flight of stairs: brought up short by the unexpected plateau and its dull, unyielding thud.”

-Lisa Halliday

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“The wind opened and closed Rawiya’s scarf like a lung.”

-Zeyn Joukhadar

“He was hiding something he exposed by his very attempt to conceal it, flanked by a dozen of their classmates who clung to his charisma like lint.”

-Susan Choi

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“For days after getting a letter he was irascible and joyful, worked day and night, foamed out ideas like a fountain. Then slowly, with desperate spurts and struggles, he came back to earth, to dry ground, ran dry.”

-Ursula K. Le Guin

“Above us, maybe, is a full moon. It shimmers like an enormous backlit tooth, and we stop a moment to stare.”

-Jennifer duBois

“The city is an extension not strong enough for its own weight. The final crust on the edge of a peninsula, stuck out at the edge of the ocean like a dare–the kind that you know you won’t live through but that you go for anyway because you’re young and you don’t give a shit and there’s no backing down. But the city is old. It keeps daring itself not to bury its dead.”

-Gabrielle Lucille Fuentes

“Wife three, it must be said, looked radiant, though it was a cold radiance like that of a blade. Treat me like an object of pity, her bearing announced, hint that I was somehow to blame, and I will cut you.”

-Sigrid Nunez