"They laughed and simmered down as Jake offered more about how her father had picked the name and why. She shared more than she ever had before with a stranger, or anyone else, even told Maggie her mother's maiden name, but only because Maggie seemed the rare sort to appreciate it. Ce de Baca. Spanish. Jake's maternal ancestors had been in North America three hundred years, since before it was known as New Mexico, since before there was a United States." (Chapter 6)

"Only way to save someone from drowning is to grab them from behind. Otherwise, you both drown."

"You gotta stand for some things, otherwise, you'll sit through everything."

"No such thing as 'dead ends,' Mija. In the suburbs they're cul-de-sacs. All the best people live on cul-de-sacs."

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