Chapter 13 Summary and Analysis: Alive and Alone
Oskar continues his quest to find meaning in the envelope and key he found in his father's closet. Oskar continues his visits to the Blacks of New York but also makes time for a visit to the Empire State Building with Mr. Black. After their tour of the building with Ruth, their guide, Mr. Black tells Oskar that after six months of searching with him he is going to retire from the project. The two unlikely friends shake hands and go their separate ways. Wallowing in the seeming failure of his quest, Oskar's "boots were the heaviest they'd ever been." Despite his grief, Oskar finds it easier not to tell anyone about this and to forge ahead on his own.
Oskar heads to his grandmother's...
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