"My mother believed you could be anything you wanted to be in America. You could open a restaurant. You could buy a house with no money down. You could become rich. You could become instantly famous."
THE JOY LUCK CLUB
"It was invincibly cheerful, a toyland of white and pastel houses. A man running down these streets in desperate grief was indecently out of place."
"Leadville, she said, is too high. Grass won't grow here, hens won't lay, cows won't give milk, cats can't live."
ANGLE OF REPOSE
New York City
"There it was, the city of ambition, the irresistible destination of all those who insist on being where things are happening - and he was among the victors!"
THE BONFIRE OF THE VANITIES
"Maybe It's not New York. But who wants New York? Good neighbors, people who care about each other, that's what counts."
IN COLD BLOOD
“The great corporation which employed you lied to you, and lied to the whole country—from top to bottom it was nothing but one gigantic lie.”