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more from Jodi Picoult [Aug. 11th, 2006|11:21 am]
Citing Literary Works

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Vanishing Acts
[p. 82-83]
It takes two people to make a lie work: the person who tells it, and the one who believes it. The first lie my father must have told was to me -- that my mother had died in a car crash. But why didn't I ask, when I was old enough, to visit her grave? Why didn't I question the fact that I had no maternal grandparents or uncles or cousins who ever visited? Why didn't I ever look for my mother's jewelry, her old clothes, her high school yearbook?
          There were times when Eric was drinking that he'd come home, too careful in his movements to not be intoxicated. But instead of calling him on his bad judgment, I'd pretend everything was fine, just like he was doing. You can invent any fiction and call it a life; I thought that if I did it often enough, I might start to believe it.
          Sometimes, when you don't ask questions, it's not because you are afraid that someone will lie to your face.
          It's because you're afraid they'll tell you the truth.
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