"To the red country and part of the gray country of Oklahoma, the last rains came gently, and they did not cut the scarred earth."
"Jewel and I come up from the field, following the path in single file."
"Okonkwo was well-known throughout the nine villages and even beyond. His fame rested on solid personal achievements. As a young man of eighteen he had brought honour to his village by throwing..."
"Garp's mother, Jenny Fields, was arrested in Boston in 1942 for wounding a man in a movie theater."
"Here is an account of a few years in the life of Quoyle, born in Brooklyn and raised in a shuffle of dreary upstate towns."
"I first heard of Ántonia on what seemed to me an interminable journey across the great midland plain of North America. I was ten years old then; I had lost both my father and mother within a year,..."
"I am living at the Villa Borghese."
"They say it came first from Africa, carried in the screams of the enslaved; that it was the death bane of the Tainos, uttered just as one world perished and another began; that it was a demon drawn..."
"At sixty miles per hour, you could pass our farm in a minute, on County Road 686, which ran due north into the T intersection at Cabot Street Road."
"It was Wang Lung's marriage day."