Because this I know of life’s difficult times: there is always a time for them to begin and a time for them to end, and the man who knows this knows he must thank God for each day he has suffered because that is always one day closer to the sun, the real sun.
House of Sand and Fog (published 1999!)
This is a beautiful, beautiful, beautiful novel. Which means self probably won’t finish reading it until next year. Really, she’s poring over each paragraph.