• The idea of a library full of books, the books full of knowledge, fills me with fear and love and courage and endless wonder

    Elizabeth McCracken
  • All I can say is, it's a sort of kinship, as though there is a family tree of grief. On this branch, the lost children, on this the suicided parents, here the beloved mentally ill siblings. When something terrible happens, you discover all of the sudden that you have a new set of relatives, people with whom you can speak in the shorthand of cousins

    Elizabeth McCracken
  • Like all good mothers, she always knew the worst was going to happen and was disappointed and relieved when it finally did

    Elizabeth McCracken
  • Do not trust an architect: he will always try to talk you into an atrium

    Elizabeth McCracken
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