Chapter 23 Summary

It is 1978. One spring afternoon, Dolores and Dante are invited to the new home of one of Dante's faculty members for dinner. Boomer and his wife, Paula, are exceedingly proud of their pre-fab home. Paula delights in telling Dolores how she got to customize all the features, right down to the dining room cabinets. She brags about how their sex life has improved since Boomer now feels so useful doing handyman tasks around the place. Dolores is envious—not of their home, but of their happiness.

Dolores thinks that if she and Dante also became homeowners, perhaps their marriage would improve too. She even hopes that if Dante becomes more content, he might change his mind about not wanting a baby. She begins saving as...

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