Chapter 31 Summary

It is 1968; the rains are torrential and cause flooding. Rosina and Genet have been gone for three weeks and there has been no word from either of them, though Genet promised to call or write. Marion and Shiva are about to turn fourteen, and Marion keeps expecting something to be different. He tries to stay busy but ends up wondering what Genet is doing. He hopes she is as miserable as he is; without her as a witness, nothing he does is meaningful.

Late one Tuesday evening, Marion watches Ghosh remove a gall bladder and then goes with him to visit a diplomat from the Ivory Coast. Dr. Ghosh discovered a rectal cancer during a bowel obstruction operation and had to create a colostomy from Etien’s abdomen. When they...

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