From The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff, page 88:
When I was small and easily wounded, books were my carapace. If I were recalled to my hurts in the middle of a book, they somehow mattered less. My corporeal life was slight; the dazzling one in my head was what really mattered. Returning to books was coming home.
It's Tuesday, Where Are You? is hosted by an adventure in reading.
I've returned to my hometown of Templeton in upstate New York after a disastrous love affair in the Alaskan tundra.