"I also think of reading as an act of faith, a hope I will discover something remarkable about ordinary life, about myself. And if the writer and the reader discover the same thing, if they have that connection, the act of faith has resulted in an act of magic. To me, that's the mystery and the wonder of both life and fiction--the connection between two unique individuals who discover in the end that they are more the same than they are different.
And if that doesn't happen, it's nobody's fault. There are still plenty of other books on the shelf to choose from." - Amy Tan