Was it even possible to forgive the dead? Was forgiveness an emotion, or a transaction that required a partner? I had made a promise to someone who would never see it kept. I wanted to respect my grandfather’s wish, and it would have been no trouble to evade my mother’s questions. Keeping secrets was the family business. But it was a business, it seemed to me, that none of us had ever profited from.
~ Michael Chabon, Moonglow (2016)