Ann Hood quote

"I was a daughterless mother. I had nowhere to put the things a mother places on her daughter. The nail polish I used to paint our toenails hardened. Our favorite videos gathered dust. Her small apron was in a box in the attic. Her shoes - the sparkly ones, the leopard rain boots, the ballet slippers - stood in a corner."

Ann Hood

Born: December 9, 1956

Occupation: Novelist

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I have learned that there is more power in a good strong hug than in a thousand meaningful words.

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Time doesn't heal, I had learned, it just keeps moving. And it takes us with it.

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love is reliable. infatuation is temporary.

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Even now, there are still days so beautiful, I almost believe in God.

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