"I want you to know, at least, that it’s not out of selfishness that I am leaving, how can I explain that? I can’t live, I’ve tried and I can’t. If that sounds simple, it’s simple like a mountain is simple. Your mother suffered, too, but she chose to live, and lived. I don’t expect that you’ll ever understand me, much less forgive me. I want you to be happy, I want that more than I want happiness for myself, does that sound simple? I’m leaving. I’ll rip these pages from this book, take them to the mailbox before I get on the plane, address the envelope to “My Unborn Child”, and I’ll never write another word again, I am gone, I am no longer here."
— Jonathan Safran Foer