Part 1, Chapter 2 Summary

Irene recalls the last time she ran into Clare. Both Irene and Clare grew up in Chicago, but after Irene’s marriage, she and her husband moved to New York. But two years ago they saw each other again. In the summer while her children are away at camp, Irene comes back to Chicago for a visit. On this particular day, she is shopping downtown for some presents to take home to her children. It is so hot that Irene feels faint. So she goes to a nearby hotel and takes the elevator to the top floor, where she hopes to sit down, sip an ice tea, and enjoy a cool breeze. While she is sitting there, a woman comes to the table next to hers. At first this woman pays no attention to Irene, but once she glances over, she appears unable to take...

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