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Part 1, Chapter 1 The novel opens in New Rochelle, a suburb outside New York City, in 1906, and introduces the audience to a wealthy white... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 2 Houdini's visit interrupts Father and Mother's scheduled lovemaking, which leaves Father feeling frustrated. He is about... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 3 Most of the immigrants coming to America are from Italy and Eastern Europe. They arrive in New York and are "somehow abs... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 4 At a political party where he helped design the fireworks display, Mother's Younger Brother daydreams about Evelyn Nesbi... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 5 For his new trick Houdini decides he would like to escape from the jail where Thaw is being held. The warden isn't pleas... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 6 Freud arrives in New York with his "disciples" Jung and Ferenczi. During his tour of the city, Freud rarely speaks, stru... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 7 After leaving the Tombs one afternoon, Evelyn realizes she's not being trailed by reporters. She asks her driver to simp... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 8 Tateh, a socialist, invites Evelyn to join him at a meeting where famed anarchist Emma Goldman will be lecturing. Evelyn... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 9 Back in New Rochelle, Mother is annoyed because Younger Brother has left without notice. Trying to figure out his motiva... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 10 Father is working hard aboard the Roosevelt with Peary and his team. Peary lives rather extravagantly aboard the ship—he... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 11 Evelyn begins her testimony in her husband's court case. She testifies beautifully in the widely reported trial, propell... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 12 At the same time, Tateh and The Little Girl are traveling by train across the United States. Tateh has no idea where the... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 13 All across the United States, cities are building train tracks above and below ground, which fascinates Houdini. He hear... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 14 Father returns home from his Arctic adventure to find much has changed in his year's absence. The most obvious, of cours... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 15 The Little Boy fishes the silhouettes out of the trash and, finding one he admires of The Little Girl, hangs it on his w... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 16 Tateh and The Little Girl have been living in Lawrence, Massachusetts, since autumn. Tateh works backbreaking hours at a... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 17 Two conductors pull Tateh onto the train and attend to his injuries. He drifts in and out of consciousness until, "someh... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 18 As Tateh's sale of the silhouette books shows, America is interested in mass production. "The value of the duplicable ev... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 19 The man at the top of the American business hierarchy is J.P. Morgan, the American financier responsible for consolidati... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 20 Desperate to connect with Henry Ford about his theories of reincarnation, Morgan invites the businessman for lunch. It p... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 21 Back at the home in New Rochelle, a ragtime musician driving a brand new Model T car arrives looking for Sarah. Mother i... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 22 Younger Brother resumes his trips to New York. He is still hung up on Evelyn yet he doesn't know where to find her. He m... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 23 As he's leaving the New Rochelle house one afternoon, Coalhouse is stopped by a group of racist volunteer firefighters w... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 24 A depressed Younger Brother searches for ways to keep his mind off of his broken heart. All the while, his desire to fin... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 25 Since accepting Coalhouse's proposal, Sarah is a new woman, beaming with happiness. She is filled with joy and love for ... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 26 Sarah has a lavish funeral in Harlem. Coalhouse spares no expense, using the money he had saved for the wedding to fund ... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 27 Spring arrives. Houdini spends the new season mourning for his mother who had passed away some months earlier while Houd... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 28 The explosion happened two miles away from Houdini's performance as Coalhouse and his men bombed the Emerald Isle Fire S... Read More
Part 3, Chapter 29 This chapter gives background on Father's character. His mother died when he was young, and he had a distant relationshi... Read More
Part 3, Chapter 30 Father splurges at the baseball game to get good seats, excited to make a good impression on his son. He is disappointed... Read More
Part 3, Chapter 31 Father leaves the game worried and disappointed, yet he feels heartened when his son takes his hand in a rare act of aff... Read More
Part 3, Chapter 32 Since his argument with Father, Younger Brother had become more and more distant from the family. After the first fireho... Read More
Part 3, Chapter 33 The family passes a blissful summer at the Jersey Shore hotel. Their surroundings are peaceful and quiet, with "starched... Read More
Part 3, Chapter 34 At the seaside hotel Tateh diligently works on a 15-chapter "photoplay." He is prone to bouts of depression and angst bu... Read More
Part 3, Chapter 35 Coalhouse had actually hoped to take Morgan hostage in his home until his demands were met. Unfortunately, Coalhouse's y... Read More
Part 3, Chapter 36 Morgan's curator is ready to give into any of Coalhouse's demands to ensure the safety of his boss's belongings, but Whi... Read More
Part 3, Chapter 37 Booker T. Washington arrives outside Morgan's gallery and stands calmly in the street asking to be let in. He calls unti... Read More
Part 3, Chapter 38 Father arrives at the makeshift headquarters where Whitman and his men work across the street from Morgan's gallery. He ... Read More
Part 3, Chapter 39 Chief Conklin is dragged from his hiding place and brought to the gallery, where the damaged Model T and all the appropr... Read More
Part 4, Chapter 40 The novel's final chapter brings closure to the novel's different story lines. After a few hours with Father, Coalhouse ... Read More
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