Chapter 24 Summary

Ethiopia is a land of beautiful skies. Marion is outside on the front lawn when three jets streak through the sky; a loud explosion follows, and smoke rises in the distance. Hundreds of birds fly screeching into the sky as every dog in the city begins barking. He wants to believe this is all part of a plan, that the jets and the explosion were planned, that Ghosh and Hema can fix things. When Ghosh comes running from the house in fear to bring Marion back into the house, his illusions are shattered. The adults in his life are not in charge, and he feels he should have known this. Even when they could not stop the beating of the old woman at the palace gate, he thought his parents “still controlled the universe.” But this is...

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