Peter J. Atwood fiction

I like words, and more, words that are used well. This is where I collect them. Most I come across in the works of other authors, but on occasion I find some in the wild myself.


“‘Now you look!’ she said. ‘If God had consulted the cucumber before he made man, there would be less unhappy women in the world.’”

—John Steinbeck, A Russian Journal

Steinbeck is quoting an old widow he met on a village farm in Ukraine in 1948.