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  • I'd seen Gaynelle Hull sprawled on the floor for hours, unconscious, possessed by the Holy Ghost.

    Change Me Into Zeus’s Daughter

  • I think I was talking about them all: the man on the mast; Grace and Curtis Peltier; a woman and child, a year earlier, lying on the floor of a cheap apartment; another woman, another child, in the kitchen of our home in Brooklyn a year before that again; my father, my mother, my grandfather; a little boy with a bullet wound for an eye.

    The Killing Kind

  • Lisa dropped her knapsack on the floor and ran up to her room, and soon her parents heard the reedy hollow sound of a clarinet playing … Say, could that be the Marseillaise?

    Bubble in the Bathtub

  • Cath sat down on the floor with her legs spread out in front of her, holding the wild-eyed Sinky to her face.

    Miss Misery

  • I had woken up on the floor of the solarium in Mitchell Hall, the back of my head throbbing with pain.

    Paradise Lost

  • There were many, many small moments that made my job fun, such as visiting the modest hideaway of Prime Minister Yasu Nakasone in the woods outside Tokyo and sitting on the floor of this typical Japanese home while we had an authentic Japanese lunch; or landing in a helicopter on the lawn of Windsor Castle for a fairytale visit with Queen Elizabeth and the royal family.

    An American Life

  • There was nothing to identify who might live in this place other than a large white dish that sat on the floor near the sink and bore the name Artie in red block letters.

    Moon Dance

  • They walked into the small white house, dropped their clothing-stuffed pillowcases on the floor next to David Junior's bed, and began casing the house like burglars about to make a heist, rummaging through every drawer, closet, and shelf.

    Change Me Into Zeus’s Daughter

  • For instance, when one of your authors, John Boyd, had an unexpected free afternoon to visit the Crypt of the Capuchin Monks, he noticed an inscription written on the floor at the foot of a pile of bones:

    The Time Paradox

  • Half an hour later, after some cheese, crackers, wine, and small talkmostly revolving around the fabulous shoot wed all be witnessing and what a bitch Paige waswe settled into huge suede cushions on the floor around the runway.

    Paradise Lost

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