Chapter 33 Summary

A taxi drops sixteen-year-olds Shiva and Marion off at the gate in front of the Missing grounds, across from the cinderblock buildings doing business, one evening after cricket practice. A striking woman approaches them, and Marion recognizes her as Tsige, the woman he comforted after she lost her son. She was a plain woman and had dressed in black for a year of mourning; now she is dressed and made up and is beautiful. Shiva is not shy around women and asks her if she works here. Tisige tells them she now owns the building and invites them in, but Marion tells her their mother is waiting. Shiva says she is not waiting, but the boys still do not move. Tsige holds Marion’s hands and thanks him for comforting her; she has wanted to...

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