i have finished reading book #3 of '09: Snow Falling on Cedars, by David Guterson, which fits the winter weather here. it's a book i once started, then gave up on. now i saw there is a shortened penguin edition in the library.
book page: Snow Falling on Cedars
author page: David Guterson (Bainbridge Island, Washington)
line to remember: "Yes, it would be good to live in a nicer house and to walk out into the sweet smell of berries on a June morning, to stand in the wind and smell them. But this house and this life were what she had, and there was no point in always reaching for something other."
(which is the direct counterpart to the line i quoted from Margriet de Moor's book: how there is another life, just as plausible, some steps from the life a person happens to lead.)