Chapter 1, Everyone Knows
• Coleman Silk tells his neighbor he is having an affair with his cleaning woman.
• Coleman retired in the midst of a racial prejudice accusation, though it was a misunderstanding.
• Coleman is convinced the false accusations killed his wife.
• Nathan is a writer who refuses to write Coleman's story.
• Coleman receives an anonymous letter accusing him of his affair; he thinks the letter is from Delphine Roux.
• Coleman goes to a lawyer to stop Delphine from harassing him.
• Faunia's ex is stalking her.
• Farley is taken to the VA hospital for psychiatric care.
Chapter 2, Slipping the Punch
• Coleman talks to his lawyer about Farley and whether anything can be done about him.
• Coleman has had many opportunities to take a dive and does not take them.
• Coleman used to want to be a poet.
• Coleman used to love a woman named Steena, but his mother did...
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