“The first rule is that you don’t fall in love,’ he said… ‘There are other rules too, but that is the main one. No falling in love. No staying in love. No daydreaming of love. If you stick to this you will just about be okay.” Thank you Penguin Group Viking for sending me this heartfelt book as an ARC. Continue reading How to Stop Time | Matt Haig
“This is what happens when you live in dreams, he thought: you dream this and you dream that and you sleep right through your life.”
The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying.
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“Your life is full, full, or so it seems to you, so that someone who makes you realize what you’ve been missing all along. Like a mirror that reflects the absent, not the present, the vacuum in your soul, the vacuum that I resisted his vision. “