Junior receives a letter from his sister. The letter is very brief. Mary says that she is still looking for a job, but has not had much luck finding one. She is caught in a paradoxical situation in which no one will hire her because she doesn't have enough experience, but she can't get any experience if she doesn't have a job. Mary does not appear to be discouraged, however. She has a lot of free time, so she has begun writing her life story. She will call it "How to Run Away From Your House and Find Your Home".
After asking Junior to tell everyone she loves and misses them, Mary adds in a postscript that she and her husband have moved into a new house, which is "the most gorgeous place in the world". Junior draws a cartoon of this "gorgeous new place" based on a photo she has included. Mary's new house is a small, cramped-looking trailer that "looks like a TV dinner tray" (Chapter 19).