Words and Identity


Pages in the Wind explores the impact of harsh criticism, especially during the formative years. Funny, how we can remember a hurtful word or put down, especially if it’s said by someone we love. In this scene, Emily joyfully sings a song as she skips around the yard. But she wakes up her father, who angrily tells her to shut up.

I felt deflated, like one of those helium balloons that flies high until one day, it’s just a blob of vinyl on the ground with all the air sucked out.

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Posted November 15, 2016 by sallysaylor in category "Pages in the Wind


  1. By Jessica B. Bostwich on

    Beautiful and sad analogy. I bought your book when it came out. It sure stayed with me, in a good way. One of the best books I’ve ever read.


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