"It's small and red with tight steps in the front and windows so small you'd think it was holding its breath."
"Earl lives next door in Edna's basement, behind the flower boxes Edna paints green each year, behind the dusty geraniums."
Benny and Bianca's Store
"Until one day Sally's Father catches her talking to a boy and the next day she doesn't come to school, the way Sally tells it he just went crazy, she forgot he was his father between the buckle and the belt."
"And then there is Rafaela , who is young but getting old from leaning out the window so much, her husband locks her inside because he is afraid she will run away because she is to beautiful to look at."
"Benny and Bianca own the corner store. They're okay except don't lean on the candy counter."