Susan was baffled at first, then distraught … But eventually a sort of amnesia had overtaken Susan; her rebellion and hurt had melted away, deliquesced into a sweet, eternal sunniness that was terrible in the way life would be terrible … without death to give it gravitas and shape. He’s presumed at first that her relentless cheer was mocking … until it came to him that Susan had forgotten how things were between them before … ; she’d forgotten and was happy–had never not been happy–and while all of this bolstered his awe at the gymnastic adaptability of the human mind, it also made him feel that his wife had been brainwashed. By him.

-Jennifer Egan, A Visit from the Goon Squad


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