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Timeline of Events

  • Sunday, June 4, 1944

    Reuven gets glass lodged in his eye after being hit in the face by a softball hit by Danny Saunders.

    Book 1, Chapter 1
  • Tuesday, June 6, 1944

    On D-day, Danny visits Reuven in the hospital, but Reuven is unreceptive to his apology.

    Book 1, Chapter 3
  • Wednesday, June 7, 1944

    Danny returns and tells Reuven that his father never speaks to him.

    Book 1, Chapter 3
  • Thursday, June 8, 1944

    Danny recognizes David Malter as the man who helped in the library.

    Book 1, Chapter 4
  • Friday, June 9, 1944

    Reuven is discharged from the hospital, and his father teaches him about Hasidism.

    Book 2, Chapter 5
  • Saturday, June 10, 1944

    Reuven meets Reb Saunders, who questions him about math, his eyesight, and Hebrew.

    Book 2, Chapter 7
  • During the week

    Reuven and Danny meet at the library, where Danny reads Freud.

    Book 2, Chapter 8
  • Saturday, June 17, 1944

    Reb asks Reuven what Danny is reading at the library, and Reuven tells him.

    Book 2, Chapter 8
  • May 1945

    News of the murder of six million Jews reaches the United States.

    Book 2, Chapter 11
  • June 1945

    David has a heart attack, and Reuven moves into Danny's house.

    Book 2, Chapter 11
  • July 1945

    Reb explodes at the notion of a Jewish homeland.

    Book 2, Chapter 11
  • September 1945

    Reuven and Danny enter college, but Danny is miserable about his coursework.

    Book 2, Chapter 12
  • February 1946

    Following David's speech about Zionism, Reb forbids Danny from talking to Reuven.

    Book 3, Chapter 13
  • November 29, 1947

    The United Nations votes to partition land and make a Jewish homeland.

    Book 3, Chapter 14
  • December 1947

    David has another heart attack.

    Book 3, Chapter 14
  • January/February 1948

    Reuven lives alone and studies the Talmud while his father recovers.

    Book 3, Chapter 14
  • February 1948

    Reuven is called on to explain a difficult passage in the Talmud and does very well.

    Book 3, Chapter 14
  • May 1948

    Israel becomes a state.

    Book 3, Chapter 15
  • Spring 1948

    Danny asks Reuven for help with his graphs, and the two friends reunite.

    Book 3, Chapter 15
  • Spring 1949

    Reb releases Danny from being a tzaddik and explains the silence.

    Book 3, Chapter 18

Chapter Summaries Chart

Chapter Summary
Book 1, Chapter 1 In June of 1944, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Orthodox Jewish teenager Reuven Malter and the softball team from his yeshiv... Read More
Book 1, Chapter 2 Mr. Galanter takes Reuven Malter to the hospital. Reuven is in terrible pain; his head, his eye, and his wrist all hurt.... Read More
Book 1, Chapter 3 It is D-day and there is excitement in the hospital. U.S. and allied forces are landing in Normandy, France. Reuven Malt... Read More
Book 1, Chapter 4 David Malter comes to visit and he is sicker. He tells Reuven that Dr. Snydman says he isn't allowed to read for at leas... Read More
Book 2, Chapter 5 Reuven Malter and his father go home. They are greeted by Manya, their Russian housekeeper. The Malters eat a massive lu... Read More
Book 2, Chapter 6 It is Friday night, the start of Shabbat at the Malter home. David Malter feels a little better and is coughing less. Th... Read More
Book 2, Chapter 7 It is Shabbat. Reuven Malter and his father go to pray in their synagogue, a converted grocery store. Reuven is comforta... Read More
Book 2, Chapter 8 Reuven Malter returns to school, somewhat a hero. He still cannot read, but will visit the doctor the next day. He meets... Read More
Book 2, Chapter 9 It is Monday, and a little over two weeks have passed since Reuven Malter and Danny Saunders met on the baseball field. ... Read More
Book 2, Chapter 10 Danny Saunders and Reuven Malter spend every day in July together. Danny spends the mornings studying the Talmud. Reuven... Read More
Book 2, Chapter 11 Danny Saunders and Reuven Malter both go back to school. Reuven is elected president of his class, and the boys only see... Read More
Book 2, Chapter 12 The Saunders treat Reuven Malter like family. Danny Saunders's sister teases him and Mrs. Saunders feeds him. Levi Saund... Read More
Book 3, Chapter 13 It is September 1945 and the boys begin the school year at Hirsch College, a building sitting in the shadow of a large c... Read More
Book 3, Chapter 14 Danny Saunders and Reuven Malter spend the rest of the term not speaking. Reuven is so distraught that his grades suffer... Read More
Book 3, Chapter 15 David Malter returns from the hospital in March 1948. Although Reuven Malter must not tire his father out, his father's ... Read More
Book 3, Chapter 16 Reuven Malter's heart turns over at the sound of Danny Saunders's voice. It has been two years since the two last spoke.... Read More
Book 3, Chapter 17 Danny Saunders and Reuven Malter begin their last year of college. Reuven tells Danny a mildly anti-Hasid story that he ... Read More
Book 3, Chapter 18 Reuven Malter goes to Danny Saunders's house on Passover. Reuven is contemplative, remembering the first time he walked ... Read More
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