Chapter 5 Summary

Wednesday, January 12–Friday, January 14

It is odd for Salander to return to the nursing home where her mother spent the last ten years of her life before dying at age forty-six. Her mother suffered a series of cerebral strokes years before when Salander was twelve years old; from the age of fifteen, Salander had visited her mother twice a year. The box of her mother’s belongings weighs only five or six pounds, not much for an entire life. She used to wish her mother would recover, and they would be reunited; the truth was that her mother rarely even recognized Salander when she came to visit.

Her mother had been short and thin, but Salander is a waif in comparison. Salander was born first, but...

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