How could a person have and do all these stupid things--clip coupons and double lock the front door--and then one day just cease to exist?
With the Smithies, it was different. There was sometimes no telling where one of them began and the others left off.
These fucking women really piss me off,' April said. 'Because instead of being elated by the thought of making their own happiness and chasing some crazy dream, all they want to do is narrow their options and do something safe.
The girls said she was too cynical about love, but how could you not be? On the surface, relations between men and women were all soft kisses and white gowns and hand-holding. But underneath they were a scary, complicated, ugly mess, just waiting to rise to the surface.
Every woman needs secrets,' her mother said with a smile then, her eyes meeting Sally's in the rearview mirror. 'Remember that when you're old like me, pumpkin, because the world has a way of making a woman's life everyone else's business--you have to dig out a little place that's only yours.
Women leave their marriages when they can't take any more. Men leave when they find someone new.
We don't always do the things our parents want us to do, but it is their mistake if they can't find a way to love us anyway.
She had once said that she believed the women's liberation movement of the sixties and seventies was actually a ploy by men to get women to do more.