"Longing is a mind game and that is why I've always trusted it. Longing is raw, longing is real; it makes one listen and be attentive to what's inside. There is mad honesty in longing. So mad that it feels suitable. It is very suitable to me, I'm telling you ~ I don't even want to write it or write about it, I want to be it."
Anne Sexton was an American poet, known for her confessional verse. This quote sums up Jen's feelings so well in The Longing. Jen longs for a family of her own to right the wrongs of her past. It's a longing so raw and visceral. She'll do almost anything to achieve her aim. Jen's longing takes her over as she listens to her inner thoughts that drive her on to do the unthinkable.