Chapter abstracts are short descriptions of events that occur in each chapter. They highlight major plot events and detail the important relationships and characteristics of characters and objects. The Chapter Abstracts can be used to review what the students have read, or to prepare the students for what they will read. Hand the abstracts out in class as a study guide, or use them as a "key" for a class discussion. They are relatively brief, but can serve to be an excellent refresher of the text for either a student or teacher.
Chapter 1 Abstract
* The novel begins with Harriet Winslow, now living in Washington DC, remembering her life in the north of Mexico.
* Harriet remembers visiting Mexico as a tourist and meeting a man named Tomás Arroyo. In these memories, Harriet dreams of what could have been.
* Next, Harriet remembers crossing the border back to America, and...
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