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 | Chapter 2 Abstract
* The narrator, Reta Winters, reveals that she is experiencing a time of profound loss and grief. This is offset by counting her blessings, an exercise she finds repellent.
* Reta states that her husband Tom is a faithful, decent looking family doctor. She mentions two of her three daughters, sixteen year-old Christine and fifteen...
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