"Existence is this, I thought, a start of joy, a stab of pain, an intense pleasure, veins that pulse under the skin, there is no other truth to tell." --Elena Ferrante
Having been orphaned at a tender age, Martha shares a kinship with tales of orphans especially a red-headed heroine spelled Anne with an e. When she's not diagnosing medical conditions she enjoys digging in the dirt and playing with ponies.
From Colosseum by Sarah Arvio "and all the beauty and the blasphemy. Petals, petals, scattering from the stands where only vestals were allowed to sit, having tended the flame for all of us. Here, I knew, was the empire of my soul showing on my face as I turned to you."
Sarah Knight likes to read well written mysteries set in foreign countries. Police procedurals, spy capers, gangster thrillers are current favorites. She also likes Hong Kong movies.
"She liked anything orange: leaves; some moons; marigolds; chrysanthemums; cheese; pumpkin, both in pie and out; orange juice; marmalade. Orange is bright and demanding. You can't ignore orange things." from the novel The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente