Chapter Thirteen

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“The Bookseller” can be found in The Best of Roald Dahl (Vintage).

“Only connect” is a reference to E.M. Forster’s novel, Howards End: “Only connect the prose and the passion, and both will be exalted…”

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“We read to know we’re not alone.”

This phrase (or variations of it) is often attributed to C.S. Lewis, but really Anthony Hopkins (as C.S. Lewis) says it in the movie, Shadowlands, written by William Nicholson.

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A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’engle

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

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“like a retired cop character in an Elmore Leonard novel” — Lambiase might be thinking of Out of Sight.

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“that famous C.S. Lewis quote tattooed on [Jacob Gardner’s} wrist”

There are several possible answers to this question, and I almost hate to narrow it down to one. Perhaps it’s silly, but I like readers to be able to imagine whatever quote they’d like on Jacob Gardner’s wrist. A reader could imagine, for instance, that Gardner tattooed the Nicholson quote on his wrist, not knowing that it was from the movie until it was too late. However, I think Gardner is a more precise person than that and, if pressed, I think it most likely comes from the dedication of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: “Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.”

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I do not know of a literary crime novel about “an Amish girl who disappears while on Rumspringa,” but it could certainly exist.

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3 thoughts on “Chapter Thirteen

  1. My thought on the literary crime novel about an Amish girl, would be by Craig Johnson in the Walt Longmire series, the books and TV series are too different to absorb simultaneously, so I do not know the title of this one yet. The books are far more literary than the series, and have more humor.

  2. The Kate Burkholder books by Linda Castillo all take place in Amish country and I am sure there is a plot similar to the Rumspringa disappearance! They are actually quite good.

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