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" I'm not being naive; I realise there's no such thing as a pure reading. But I'd rather keep myself as far out of it as I can. "
" There should be a democracy of voices in literature. There are people who live with a kind of striving and with a certain kind of tenderness - it's not an unusual thing - and maybe that's not written about enough. "
" I have a profound resistance to the idea that a reader could say, 'Oh, well, that's her story.' We should all be interested, no matter where we come from, or who our parents are. It's not my province; it's ours. These questions concern us all. "
" I've said this before - and I mean it strongly - an abstract concept or a moral issue has to be connected to feeling. If we don't believe it somehow viscerally, we don't really take it in. "
" As any parent knows, part of your mind is always engaged - wondering and worrying that everything is okay and calculating all the stuff that has to get done in the course of a day. When the children are asleep in their beds, I can go where I really need to go in my head. "
" I really believe we read differently when we know even the most banal facts of an author's life. "
" Fiction allows you to embody certain ideas and give them an emotional reality. The characters allow you to get close viscerally to an idea. "
" It's a fantastic privilege to spend three or four hundred pages with a reader. You have time to go into certain questions that are painful or difficult or complicated. That's one thing that appeals to me very much about the novel form. "
" I think there are all kinds of aspects to reality, to domestic reality, and why don't we just talk about them all? "
" I started to write things down, as a very young child, wanting to find a way to remember - to keep close, somehow - moments that made an impression on me. "