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.
* Mel is talking as the story opens and the narrator, Nick, gives a description of the scene in Mel's kitchen.
* Mel, his wife, Terri, Nick, and his wife, Laura, are seated at a table in Mel and Terri's kitchen in Albuquerque.
* The time of day is late afternoon and...
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