There Are Four

Earlier this evening, on an N-Judah bound for home, I peeled open a new book and for the second time in as many months I managed to make it only as far as the epigraph before having to put it down again. The last time this happened there was only a single magnificent quote to give me pause. In the instance of Jandy Nelson's second novel I'll Give You the Sun, however, there are four, and these are they.

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I'll meet you there.


I believe in nothing but the holiness of the heart's affections and the truth of the imagination.

John Keats

Where there is great love, there are always miracles.

Willa Cather

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.

E.E. Cummings