“Life is made up of moments, small pieces of glittering mica in a long stretch of gray cement. It would be wonderful if they came to us unsummoned, but particularly in lives as busy as the ones most of us lead now, that won’t happen. We have to teach ourselves how to make room for them, to love them, and to live, really live.” ― Anna Quindlen, A Short Guide to a Happy Life
Munro writes short stories about small worlds, often centered around Canadian women like herself. She reminds us that quiet foibles and triumphs can be as beautiful and significant as sweeping, epic tales -- an important insight to keep in mind as you leave your more self-centered, dramatized youth behind.
Two remarkable women, separated by more than a century, whose lives unexpectedly intertwine. 2004: Lina Sparrow is an ambitious young lawyer working on a historic class-action lawsuit seeking reparations for the descendants of American slaves. 1852: Josephine is a seventeen-year-old house slave who tends to the mistress of a Virginia tobacco farm-an aspiring artist named Lu Anne Bell.