Chapter 18 Summary

Six years have passed, and the household is a noisy one. In order to be heard, one must “dive into the din” and make his way to the front. Ghosh’s voice is a foghorn that usually tails off into laughter. Hema, the songbird, can become a sharp blade when provoked. The cook, Almaz, is silent on the outside but her mouth is in constant motion; no one knows if she is praying or singing. Rosina is never silent; she speaks even when no one is around. Rosina’s daughter, Genet appears to be taking after her mother and recites stories about herself in a singsong voice. Shiva and Marion could not have been delivered in the usual way because of their connected heads, but if they had been, Shiva would have been the oldest. Instead, the...

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