The Last Words on Earth

 
Once upon a time, there was a boy. He lived in a village that no longer exists, on the edge of a field that no longer exists, where everything was discovered and everything was possible. A stick could be a sword. A pebble could be a diamond. A tree was a castle.
    Once upon a time, there was a boy who lived in a house across the field from a girl who no longer exists. They made up a thousand games. She was the Queen and he was the King. In the autumn light, her hair shone like a crown. They collected the world in small handfuls. When the sky grew dark, they parted with leaves in their hair.
    Once upon a time there was a boy who loved a girl, and her laughter was a question he wanted to spend his whole life answering.
— Nicole Krauss, “The Last Words on Earth”
David Isaacson