Quotes by: Laurie Graham

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Laurie Graham
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Born (1960-03-30) March 30, 1960 (age 56)
Inglewood, Ontario
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Sport Alpine skiing

As one ages, eventually, no matter what regime you've followed, no matter how fiercely you've fought the fight, good health becomes harder to maintain. It may disappear overnight or simply dwindle, but with every year that passes, the odds shorten.
Laurie Graham
My research process doesn't vary much. I do a little reading to establish a timeline and decide how I'm going to approach the story.
Laurie Graham
Dementia is quite unlike cancer or heart disease or any of those other conditions where you bargain with God for a cure or even just a bit more time.
Laurie Graham
The thing about praising beauty is that good looks are an unforgiving task- master, a Forth Bridge of a maintenance job. The passing years present their accounts. Younger models become available.
Laurie Graham
Times may have changed, but there are some things that are always with us - loneliness is one of them.
Laurie Graham
Not so very long ago, certainly well into the Thirties, a lady companion was a normal feature of life for widows or lone spinsters.
Laurie Graham
As well as writing novels and doing short-order journalism, I am also the full-time carer of my husband, who has Alzheimer's. Each day feels like a race that must be run.
Laurie Graham
In the Seventies, my children played in the street, read politically incorrect stories, ate home-cooked food and occasional junk and, yes, were sometimes smacked.
Laurie Graham
I'm married to an American, and although we live in Europe, I think of myself as an honorary American.
Laurie Graham
Personally, my interest in social history ends around 1959, by which time I was an adolescent. I've always attributed this to my particular sensibilities. I like formality and elegance, and I'm fundamentally conservative.
Laurie Graham
People invade your space and offend your sensibilities because, to be plain, they couldn't care less about you.
Laurie Graham
I speak pretty fluent American, though I do so with a strong British accent, and I love America: The scale and the variety of it are astonishing to someone not born there, and I'm convinced that its energy and generosity have somehow rubbed off on me and affected my writing. For the better.
Laurie Graham
When my children were young, one of the treats promised by their grandparents was a ride in Grandad's car.
Laurie Graham
I hate to think I ever make my husband frightened or unhappy, but I suspect I do.
Laurie Graham
Even professional, paid carers aren't always models of saintly behaviour - and they know they can knock off at the end of their shift to go home, take an uninterrupted shower, and have a normal conversation with someone.
Laurie Graham
My parents never told me I was beautiful, and for one very good reason. I wasn't. When your child is a tubby, bespectacled little oddity, as I was, it's important not to give them false expectations.
Laurie Graham
I almost always use first person voice in my novels. It has its limitations, but it gives a sense of immediacy that's hard to create with an anonymous, all-seeing narrator.
Laurie Graham
Characters develop as the book progresses, but any that start to bore me end up in the wastepaper basket. In real life, we may have to put up with tedious people, but not in novels.
Laurie Graham
None of us wants to be reminded that dementia is random, relentless, and frighteningly common.
Laurie Graham
In grief, after even the happiest of relationships, we go over things again and again.
Laurie Graham
My mother was a fastidious and orderly homemaker. I was the messy but creative type. I picture her following behind me through life with a damp rag and an air of exasperation.
Laurie Graham
I'm thankful my parents obliged me to live with the unvarnished truth: I might not have been a looker, but I was a better speller than the prettiest girl in my class, and I was funnier, too.
Laurie Graham
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