Sound Quality: Henriette Lazaridis on Helen Simonson's The Summer Before the War

We've all had that moment as readers when we stumble across a sentence in a novel or essay that sings to us from the page. There are sentences we want to wrap our tongues around, that we speak aloud just to revel in their aural qualities. For each installment of this series, Henriette Lazaridis chooses a single sentence from a work of literature and shows us why it is music to our ears.

This month's installment focuses on a sentence for its voice and approach, rather than its sound. Because every now and then it's time to change things up. The sentence comes from Helen Simonson's novel The Summer Before the War.

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About the Author

Henriette Lazaridis' debut novel The Clover House was published by Ballantine Books in April 2013 and was a Boston Globe best-seller and a Target Emerging Authors pick. Her work has appeared in publications including ELLE, Narrative Magazine, Salamander, the New England Review, The Millions, The New York Times online, and the Huffington Post. She is the founding editor of The Drum, an online literary magazine publishing short fiction and essays exclusively in audio form. Find her older Grub Daily posts by searching for Henriette Lazaridis Power.

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