“And if by some twist of fate, darkness was all that she would find, she would make darkness her friend.” – Dennis Lehane (from Since We Fell)
This last line of the novel made the whole read worth it to me. The remark was the thought of the protagonist after living through the darkest human experiences in Haiti followed by four years of panic attacks. Finally forced into radical courage by her circumstances, she came through with the resolve to live again.
Since we all have fallen, I could relate to the themes of this Dennis Lehane novel: fear, alienation, self-protective deception, and, finally, bold acceptance of our shared fallen state…without judgment.