Author: Bryan Washington
Thoughts: I’d heard mixed reviews on this so I was hesitant to get it as my Book of the Month, but it was the only book this month that I was remotely interested in reading, so I picked it. I’m so glad I did! I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it and found it to be a super quick, fast-paced read. It’s a great look at the sometimes fraught relationships between children and parents—and how even the most broken of relationships can be repaired.
“We didn’t actually decide anything, between the two of us. But a non-decision is a choice in itself.” (p. 42)
“It’s hard to head home without succumbing to nostalgia, standing where so many versions of yourself once stood, one of a suburb’s magical properties.” (p. 62)
“That loving a person means letting them change when they need to. And letting them go when they need to. And that doesn’t make them any less of a home. Just maybe not one for you. Or only for a season or two. But that doesn’t diminish the love. It just changes forms.” (p. 181)
“Ma must’ve taken the photo when we were in Cali. I don’t remember her doing that. But I guess that’s the thing: we take our memories wherever we go, and what’s left are the ones that stick around, and that’s how we make a life.” (p. 248)