A Map of the World
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"A Map of the World" Quotes

By Jane Hamilton

fiction | 400 pages | Published in NaN

One unremarkable June morning, Alice Goodwin is, as usual, trying to keep in check both her temper and her tendency to blame herself for her family's shortcomings. When the Goodwins took over the last dairy farm in the small Midwestern town of Prairie Center, they envisioned their home a self-made paradise. But these days, as Alice is all too aware, her elder daughter Emma is prone to inexplicable fits of rage, her husband Howard distrusts her maternal competence, and Prairie Center's tight-knit suburban community shows no signs of warming to "those hippies who think they can run a farm." A loner by nature, Alice is torn between a yearning for solitude coupled with a deep need to be at the center of a perfect family. On this particular day, Emma has started the morning with a violent tantrum, her little sister Claire is eating pennies, and it is Alice's turn to watch her neighbor's two small girls as well as her own. She absentmindedly steals a minute alone that quickly becomes ten: time enough for a devastating accident to occur. Her neighbor's daughter Lizzy drowns in the farm's pond, and Alice - whose own volatility and unmasked directness keep her on the outskirts of acceptance - becomes the perfect scapegoat. At the same time, a seemingly trivial incident from Alice's past resurfaces and takes on gigantic proportions, leading the Goodwins far from Lizzy's death into a maze of guilt and doubt culminating in a harrowing court trial and the family's shattering downfall.

ISBN_13:9780385720106

Quotes

Sometimes a person has to let go of something to take hold of something else.

Jane Hamilton

Fear is the glue that keeps you stuck. Faith is the solvent that sets you free.

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The world is full of people who have decided that fear is the only thing worth living for.

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In the end, the big picture doesn't mean anything. All that matters are the little pictures.

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Sometimes we make mistakes. It does not mean we are bad people. It means we are human.

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Life is messy. It's not meant to be perfect.

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Love is the only thing that can heal a broken heart.

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Sometimes the hardest thing about love is letting go.

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We all have a story to tell. It's up to us how we choose to tell it.

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The sun will rise again, even after the darkest night.

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