"This book begins, like a set of pentominoes, with separate pieces. Eventually they will all come together. Don't be fooled by ideas that seem, at first, to fit easily. Don't be fooled by ideas that don't seem to fit at all. Pentominoes, like people, can surprise you." - Blue Balliett, Chasing Vermeer. A warm spicy-fruity golden blend for puzzles, chance, and connections.
"Calder stood up and reached into his pocket. He stirred the pentomino pieces around and pulled one out. ‘V for Vermeer.’ He smiled in a distracted way at Petra, who looked puzzled. 'A one-in-twelve chance. Think it’s a coincidence?’"
"‘Weird,’ Calder said quietly. He glanced down the block and saw Petra in her yard. She had on a red hat, a smudge of bright color against the November gray. Sometimes he wished he’d never heard of Fort or Vermeer. Events that were purely accidental were beginning to feel like they fit together, but not in a way he understood or even knew how to think about. It was one thing if you were using a handful of plastic pieces to find solutions to a puzzle; it was another if you felt like you’d fallen inside a puzzle and couldn’t get out." - Blue Balliett, Chasing Vermeer