That sentence was written by Isabel Allende, and can be found at the bottom of page 442 in her 1985 novel, The House of the Spirits.
I honestly think this may be one of the most perfect sentences ever written.
You don’t need to know what the book is about to feel the fear and despair in these words.
I won’t do a book review on The House of the Spirits because there are so many on the internet already. I will tell you, though, that I’ll probably read it again someday.
What’s on your nightstand?