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  • Outwardly, Annie showed no signs of garish ambition, but Mae was sure that there was something within Annie that insisted upon this, that she would have been here, in this position, no matter where she’d come from.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • We did, and he swept the light over Martin’s body, a landscape of garish ruin.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • The hoes had tried to sexy themselves up, hiking sweatshorts high and T-shirt necklines low, but mostly relying on makeup that was garish even by prison standards.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • She was wearing makeup, including a garish shade of green eye shadow.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy

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  • There were still men in garishly painted demon masks skulking about the city, making mischief.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Adri was standing with one hand on the mantel of the holographic fireplace, wearing a chrysanthemum-embroidered bathrobe that blended in with the collection of garish paper fans that covered the wall behind her—reproductions made to look antique.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • Next they got the old wallpaper off the living-room wall—all five garish layers of it.
    Katherine Paterson  --  Bridge to Terabithia
  • These kids had shown up with a garishly painted plastic robot that was partially assembled from scrap parts.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • It must have been their commotion which called the Weasel’s attention to my aerial display, for I heard his voice behind me just as the girls gave a final cheer and the balloons fled frantically eastward down the garish arroyo of Forty-second Street.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • The comic books are drawn in great detail and garishly colored, with green and purple and sulfur-yellow prevailing.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye

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  • But even so, the three children were eager to leave the Anxious Clown, and not just because the garish restaurant—the word "garish" here means "filled with balloons, neon lights, and obnoxious waiters"—was filled with balloons, neon lights, and obnoxious waiters.
    Lemony Snicket  --  The Wide Window
  • It was garish and daunting, but Alan nodded cheerfully.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • I find a particularly fat clan dressed in garish yellow silk and awful feathers, all enjoying a massive cake.
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen
  • The islands, sealed in blackness a moment before, were a blaze of garish light.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • Cleans off the garish remains of the paint we so hastily applied to our faces and makes us up again.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • She sees crying as a sign of weakness, a garish appeal for attention, and she won’t indulge it.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • By comparison, the chariot costume seems garish, the interview dress too contrived.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • At each seat was a cheap cardboard fan bearing a garish Garden of Gethsemane, courtesy Tyndal’s Hardware Co. (You-Name-It-We-Sell-It).
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • She lay in bed and watched the horizon light up in garish shades of orange and yellow.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • Putting her hands on her hips, barely covering the garish flowers on the red print dress, she smiled mockingly.
    Jane Yolen  --  The Devils Arithmetic
  • The troubadours’ four tents were garishly decorated.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • Despite the man’s garish attire, Langdon could tell the pilot meant business.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • I wonder if maybe she’d chosen it, out of the others, because it was less garish.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Here Sam Parkhill had flung up this riveted aluminum structure, garish with white light, trembling with jukebox melody.
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles
  • — Come, gentle night;—come, loving, black-brow’d night, Give me my Romeo; and, when he shall die, Take him and cut him out in little stars, And he will make the face of heaven so fine That all the world will be in love with night, And pay no worship to the garish sun.
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • There were women in the mob near Decatur Street, garishly dressed women whose bright finery and painted faces gave a discordant note of holiday.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • To me, the whole effect looked wrong: too large, too green, too garishly ornate.
    Amy Tan  --  The Joy Luck Club
  • The garish kittens were basking in the late-afternoon sunshine that was warming their plates, but otherwise the office was as still and unoccupied as last time.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • It was late in the day, and the garish orange of noon had subsided into a dusky gold light that suffused the camp and battlefield, giving it a strange beauty.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • My eyes adjusted quickly; the world took on a dark-green intensity, the lights of cars glowed like stars, faces were a mysterious blur; the garish signs of movie houses muted down to a soft sinister glowing.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • But she saw lights in the windows of the cheap, garish structures that had acquired, within a few years, the slovenly dilapidation of slum hovels; the homes of people who had not moved, the people who never looked beyond the span of one week.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • He took a number of photostats out of a large red expansion envelope he had been hiding conspicuously beneath a leather flight jacket painted garishly with pictures of airplanes flying through orange bursts of flak and with orderly rows of little bombs signifying fifty-five combat missions flown.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • In the garish stadium light, the box was revealed as worn and threadbare, a small wooden container that might have been a discarded jewelry box.
    Robert Cormier  --  The Chocolate War
  • They were covered with gold and painted in garish colors.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Their sharp voices cried about him on all sides: their many forms closed round him, the garish sunshine bleaching the honey of his illdyed head.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • The peaks were painted in garish, sugary colors—all pinks and violets and baby blues—and the sky, just before sunrise, was windless and clear.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • He kicked hard at the door, shouting; it was painted a bright, almost garish, red, a single rune splashed across it in gold.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • Annoyed, Harry uncorked the poison he had taken from Siughorn’s desk, which was a garish shade of pink, tipped it into his cauldron and lit a fire underneath it.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • A few moments after he found himself on the stage amid the garish gas and the dim scenery, acting before the innumerable faces of the void.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • There was Minta, wreathed, tinted, garish on the stairs about three o’clock in the morning.
    Virginia Woolf  --  To the Lighthouse
  • I walked past garish bars where hawkers urged me in to see the "gorgeous girls" do their hip-shaking; and they left the doors open sufficiently to show dim, smoke-blue interiors crossed by long rays of pink spotlights that turned the seminude girls’ flesh rose.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • I looked at the sea of yellow faces above the garish clothes-faces all happy and excited over this bit of fun, all certain that the elephant was going to be shot.
    George Orwell  --  Shooting an Elephant
  • For a pittance, people could ride nearly anywhere they wanted on a modern, safe, garishly decorated electric railway system.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • There, on pitch-black walls shone wicked garish lights, and the orchestra of devils was playing feverishly.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • I thought them too garish for their sad purpose and wished I had the soft English flowers Mother longed for.
    Gloria Whelan  --  Listening for Lions
  • Across his brow a constellation of acne had a new-minted look, its garishness softened by the sepia light.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • They compassed the whole arc of the circle, merging towards the west in a horizon that was fierce, almost garish in coloring, like an impressionist backdrop done by some half-mad genius.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • All around you there seemed to be something glaring, garish, rattling, and the noises and glares hit upon the little cell called your life, and shook it, and warped it.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • He saw Ku Klux Klan hoods, skeletons, harlequins in garish colors, painted faces.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • Working rapidly, she dressed me in the heavy, garish Kurdish fashion.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
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