Chapter 23 Summary

The rains have ended and school is back in session for several weeks when Hema wakes the boys up with the news that they will not be going to school that day. Marion stops listening after that, though Hema explains there is “trouble in the city.” It is a perfect day to be at home, but the household is eerily silent. Ghosh is fully dressed for work but has a strained expression on his face. Hema is huddled next to him in her dressing gown, nervously twirling her hair. Genet is there and seems surprised to see Marion his own home; Rosina is nowhere to be seen. Almaz is nearly frozen at the stove and moves only at the smell of burning eggs. Marion asks Almaz what has happened. She tells him the Emperor Haile Selassie, God’s...

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