The Simile Museum

Tag: Novel

“Suddenly Wally stooped, reached down, and heaved Sir Arthur out in a fireman’s lift. He flung him over his shoulder like an old bag of oats.”

-Samuel Steward

“When I had been there a little longer, and had seen this phase of crystal clearness followed by long stretches of sunless cold; when the storms of February had pitched their white tents about the devoted village and the wild cavalry of March winds had charged down to their support; I began to understand why Starkfield emerged from its six months’ siege like a starved garrison capitulating without quarter.”

-Edith Wharton

“Her hands are neatly folded, like two birds, in the shallow dip of her lap.”

-Julie Otsuka

“Patches of overgrown grass resembled a comb-over on the head of a bald person who didn’t want to see reality.”

-Elif Batuman

“He felt the mystery of his own unconscious like a whale looming invisibly beneath a tiny swimmer. If he couldn’t search or retrieve or view his own past, then it wasn’t his. It was lost.”

-Jennifer Egan

“She came into his eyes sudden and permanent as a photograph.”

-Tracy O’Neill

“I trailed spiderwebs like finish-line ribbons as I walked between saplings.”

-Molly Dektar

“…silent as a fig.”

-Gayl Jones

“She was as empty inside as a scooped-out melon.”

-C.J. Hauser

“The streets run steeply up and down, ad the streetcars travel back and forth like rooms ablaze with light.”

-Herta Müller