Songs of the Humpback Whale - Chapters 42-44 Summary & Analysis

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Chapters 42-44 Summary

In the hotel room in What Cheer, Iowa, Jane recalls when her mother left home after an argument. Jane made dinner and later tried on her mother's perfume. That night her father climbs into bed with her and molests her. When he falls asleep, Jane flees in her nightgown to the neighbor's yard. A policeman finds Jane and brings her home where her father and brother are waiting. Jane's father lies to the policeman that Jane's behavior comes from having nightmares, thereby discrediting her. Jane dashes to the bathroom and Joley follows her asking if she is okay. Jane pushes him away and closes the door. Alone, she shreds her nightgown.

Jane and Rebecca visit the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. There they meet a worker who explains that starfishes can regenerate lost limbs. Jane mentions her husband's name, which sends the...

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