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The Financial Lives of the Poets - Chapter 1: Another 7/11 Summary & Analysis

Jess Walter
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Chapter 1 is also titled “Another 7/11,” in reference to the way in which the narrator’s mother once misspoke when referencing 9/11. The chapter opens with a middle-aged man named Matt waiting in line to buy milk at a convenience store late at night. In first person, Matt is narrating the events happening around him and relating them to his own life and personal experience. There are a number of young adults in the store who appear to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

As Matt is leaving the store he is offered a hit of marijuana from one of the “bangers” who was in the store. Matt declines but is hit with a wave of nostalgia to his younger days when he enjoyed smoking marijuana and did not have as many responsibilities (such as his wife and two boys). Matt is asked...

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