"I think we are well advised to keep on nodding terms with the people we used to be, whether we find them attractive company or not. Otherwise they turn up unannounced and surprise us, come hammering on the mind’s door at 4AM of a bad night and demand to know who deserted them, who betrayed them, who is going to make amends."
"Gina’s sister Louisa used to be a genuinely sexy girl when she was a teenager. She was famous around the neighborhood for being no good in a very fun way, and Jimmy Moran’s brother Patrick had always been crazy about Louisa Lisante. But Jimmy had always preferred Gina. In the summer of 1970, when Jimmy had his first job as a porter at the market, he would see Gina and Louisa Lisante waiting for the bus together every morning when he got home from work. They always wore shorts and sandals. They were setting off for their summer jobs as waitresses near the beach. Jimmy used to steal beautiful ripe Holland tomatoes from the market and leave them on the Lisantes’ doorstep as paperweights for little love notes to Gina: I love Gina… Gina is pretty… Gina has pretty legs… I wish Gina would marry me."