Chapter 12 Summary

A nearby gallery is displaying a collection of Morandi paintings, and Lianne realizes even a simple display of still life paintings has political overtones for her as she recalls her mother and Martin discussing the nature of God and jihad. Nina wanted her Morandi paintings, along with some others, returned to Martin soon after their estrangement. Lianne honored her mother’s wishes and shipped them. It made Lianne sad to think of them being sold in a cell-phone transaction. No one else is at the showing, and she likes the silence. As she views the paintings, Lianne sees a version of the painting that had been in Nina’s apartment. The two dark, tall oblongs and the white bottle. This time when she looks at it closely, she sees...

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