Chapter 14 Summary and Analysis: Why I'm Not Where You Are (9/11/03)
This chapter continues the story of Oskar's grandfather, Thomas, picking up forty years after chapter 6 ended. His last letter was written on the day that his child died, September 11, 2001, and this letter is written on the two-year anniversary of that day. He is inspired to write the letter hours before he will meet Oskar, his grandson, to visit Oskar's father's grave.
Readers learn that he hand delivered the note to Oskar's grandmother's doorman on the day of Thomas's funeral. Oskar's grandfather tries to see his former wife but since he cannot talk, he tries to arrange a meeting by giving notes to the doorman. Oskar's grandmother acquiesces and allows him to come up and stay in the...
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