Barrel Fever: Stories and Essays - Chapters 9-13 Summary & Analysis

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Chapters 9-13 Summary

Chapter 9, "Season's Greetings," is the story of the Dunbar family. The story consists of a holiday letter written by Jocelyn Dunbar to friends and family. Mrs. Dunbar starts off by saying that despite all of their legal moves, they still plan on celebrating Christmas.

Jocelyn goes on to write out the events that began with the arrival of her husband's illegitimate daughter through to the Christmas season, which finds Jocelyn in jail.

The Dunbars have three children. On Halloween, a twenty-two-year-old Vietnamese girl showed up on the Dunbar's doorstep. It turned out that the girl, Khe Sahn, was the product of Clifford Dunbar's stint in Vietnam before he married Jocelyn. The girl had come to live with her biological father.

Khe Sahn does not make a good impression on Jocelyn. The girl does dote on her father in an inappropriate way, often giggling and sitting...

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