By Nicole Krauss.

“Once upon a time, there was a boy. He lived in a village that no longer

exists, in a house that no longer exists, on the edge of a field that no

longer exists, where everything was discovered, and everything was

possible. A stick could be a sword, a pebble could be a diamond, a tree,

a castle. Once upon a time, there was a boy who lived in a house across

the field, from a girl who no longer exists. They made up a thousand

games. She was queen and he was king. In the autumn light her hair

shone like a crown. They collected the world in small handfuls, and

when the sky grew dark, and they parted with leaves in their hair.

Once upon a time there was a boy who loved a girl, and her laughter

was a question he wanted to spend his whole life answering.”

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