Best Parts of The Thin Place by Kathryn Davis

10th August 2016

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We got married a couple weeks ago, and on our honeymoon I read The Thin Place. If you decide to read it too, make a character key for yourself as you go along. Mine clocked in at thirty-seven characters before I started to remember who was who.

Memorable parts:

“It was hard being married to a man who treated the least impropriety like the end of the world, like freezing rain and a tractor trailer jackknifing right in front of him and everything going so fast it might as well not be moving, the immense tire and the windshield racing toward each other yet frozen in time. It was hard being married to a romantic.”

“Every single thing that happens in a life is like Chekhov’s Gun, trustfully casting before it the shadow of its own final shape, if only we knew how to see it clearly.”

And a saying I didn’t know existed:

“any fool could see George was gay as a box of birds.”

VOCABULARY

Waxing gibbous The word crescent refers to the phases where the moon is less than half illuminated. The word gibbous refers to phases where the moon is more than half illuminated. Waxing essentially means “growing” or expanding in illumination, and waning means “shrinking” or decreasing in illumination.

glaucous
1. of a dull grayish-green or blue color.
2. covered with a powdery bloom like that on grapes.

meritricious apparently attractive but having in reality no value or integrity.

tippet a scarf-like narrow piece of clothing, worn over the shoulders.

Candent glowing with heat; being at a white heat

esker a long ridge of gravel and other sediment, typically having a winding course, deposited by meltwater from a retreating glacier or ice sheet.

presbiopic farsightedness caused by loss of elasticity of the lens of the eye, occurring typically in middle and old age.

sumpy characteristic of a pit or pool at the bottom of a shaft or mine, in which water collects and from which it is pumped

humus the organic component of soil, formed by the decomposition of leaves and other plant material by soil microorganisms.

anchoress in Christianity, a woman who chooses to withdraw from the world to live a solitary life of prayer and mortification

2 thoughts on “Best Parts of The Thin Place by Kathryn Davis

  1. SW

    Long time reader here. Just needed to say how happy I am for you after reading/following your story for all these years. Heartfelt congratulations, and wishing you every happiness. xx.

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