The Midwest nourishes us...And so we leave it sorrowfully, having grown strong and restless by opposing with all our will and mind and muscle its simple, loving, single will for us: that we stay, that we stay and find a place among its familiar possibilities. Mother knew we would go; she encouraged us." annie dillard
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
A Home at the End of the World by Michael Cunningham. I’ve read this novel twice over the past twenty years and enjoyed it as much the second time as the first. The book is told in alternating chapters by its four main characters: Jonathan, Bobby, Clare and Alice. Alice, Jonathan’s mother, provides the viewpoint of an older generation and some of her chapters are the sweetest in the book. An incisive, compelling and haunting story.