Zero K by Don DeLillo:
Madeline using her thumbnail to gouge price stickers off the items she’d purchased, a determined act of vengeance against whatever was out there doing these things to us. Madeline standing in place, eyes closed, rolling her arms up and around, again and again, a form of relaxation. Madeline watching the traffic channel, forever it seemed, as the cars cross the screen soundlessly, passing out of her view and back into the lives of the drivers and passengers.
My mother was ordinary in her own way, free-souled, my place of safe return.