“The woman who refuses to object, who doesn’t yell and scream—there’s strength in that, and power.”

A.S.A. Harrison, The Silent Wife

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The woman who refuses to object, who doesn’t yell and scream—there’s strength in that, and power. The way she overrides sentiment, won’t enter into blaming or bickering, never gives him an opening, doesn’t allow him to turn it back on her. She knows that her refusal leaves him alone with his choices.

“You make your choices when you’re far too young to understand their implications, and with each choice you make the field of possibility narrows.”

A.S.A. Harrison, The Silent Wife

Another quote from Harrison. I remember this quote long after I’d forgotten about the book.

I understood the meaning of this quote much earlier than most would. Usually those of us who make a disastrous choice as a teen with dire life-long consequences would know this feeling immediately.

“Life has a way of taking its toll on the person you thought you were.”

A.S.A. Harrison, The Silent Wife

Harrison died at the age of 65, shortly before her first and only novel would be published

I read this book a while ago. Too long ago to remember the approximate date. I still remember enjoying it though, and it’s probably something I will re-read when I have a chance.

This quote from Harrison cuts deep. In fact, there are many of these tiny revelations about life in her book that I couldn’t really relate to back then, but now I can.

And it’s sad to think that she died before she saw her first and only published book on the shelves.