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"You better not never tell nobody but God."

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The Color Purple

By Alice Walker

"Where's Papa going with that ax?" said Fern to her mother as they were setting the table for breakfast."

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Charlotte's Web

By E.B. White

"What makes Iago evil? Some people ask. I never ask."

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By Joan Didion

"In the town there were two mutes, and they were always together."

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The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter

By Carson McCullers

"Mrs. Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself." 

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Mrs. Dalloway

By Virginia Woolf

"There was no possibility of taking a walk that day."

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Jane Eyre

By Charlotte Brontë

"My wound is geography. It is also my anchorage, my port of call."

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The Prince of Tides

By Pat Conroy

“It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn’t know what I was doing in New York.”

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The Bell Jar

By Sylvia Plath

"Call me Ishmael."

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Moby Dick

By Herman Melville

“The snow in the mountains was melting and Bunny had been dead for several weeks before we came to understand the gravity of our situation.”

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The Secret History

By Donna Tartt

"Mr. Utterson the lawyer was a man of a rugged countenance, that was never lighted by a smile; cold, scanty and embarrassed in discourse; backward in sentiment; lean, long, dusty, dreary, and yet somehow lovable."

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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

By Robert Louis Stevenson

"In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit."

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The Hobbit

By J.R.R. Tolkien

"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife."

"It was a dark and stormy night."

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A Wrinkle in Time

By Madeleine L'Engle

"It was a bright, cold day in April and the clocks were striking thirteen."

“Kublai Khan does not necessarily believe everything Marco Polo says when he describes the cities visited on his expeditions..." 

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Invisible Cities

By Italo Calvino

"The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel."

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By William Gibson

"A screaming came across the sky."

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Gravity's Rainbow

By Thomas Pynchon

"Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way."

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Anna Karenina

By Leo Tolstoy

Published on 8 Nov 2017