Chapters 79-81 Summary

January 2005 is the sixtieth anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, and it is commemorated virtually around the world. Never has Julia heard the word “Shoah,” or Holocaust, so often. Every reference to the event reminds Julia of William and Sarah. She wonders if, when he sees the horrifying pictures and film of the tragic events, he thinks of her. He could hardly avoid it, she supposes, since his mother’s family died in that hideous place. Sitting between Charla and Zoë, Julia watches the coverage with grief and remembrance.

On a May afternoon, on a day when she least expects it, William Rainsferd calls Julia. The conversation is minimal and awkward, and William finally asks if she would be able to meet him....

(The entire section is 1307 words.)