The Life We Bury - Chapter 19-21 Summary & Analysis

Allen Eskens
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When Joe questions Carl about the coded diary entries in Chapter 19, Carl tells him to look at the trial photos if he likes puzzles, suggesting he compare the photos taken before and after the fire department arrived to search for the anomaly that took Carl years to find in prison. Joe asks why Carl did not fight harder to stay out of prison and is told "I thought it would silence the nightmare" (page 119). Reminding Carl that this is his dying confession, Joe asks for more details, and when Carl asks about Joe's grandfather, Joe admits what he has never told anyone; he watched Grandpa Bill die, and it was his fault.

In Chapter 20, Joe recounts how Grandpa Bill often took him fishing but warned him against leaving trash in the boat because that is how accidents happen. At age 11, Joe did not...

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