After the Rain - Chapter 15 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 15 Summary

Sunday morning brings the ritual visit with Grandpa. Shirley is even more upset. How can she face her father, knowing he is dying, when he knows nothing? Izzy is as contentious and gruff as ever. Rachel and her mother cook a big meal. Manny enjoys the food and company. Izzy finds something to criticize in everything. Afterwards they watch TV, read the Sunday paper and play Scrabble.

Chapter 15 Analysis

Izzy's poor interpersonal skills are highlighted even more as he continues to criticize the family, even as they try to help him. It's uncomfortable, both for the Coopers and for the reader, to know that Izzy is dying while he remains unaware. Shirley prepares a big meal with Rachel's help, trying to use food to convey love to her irritable father. Death is the unspoken secret at the Sunday dinner table.

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