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The elementary school where Nora teaches is a multicultural parade of ethnic names: there’s Chastity and Ebullience, twins whose grandmother lives in Jamaica; Ilya, from Russia; Duong, from Vietnam; Aristide, from Haiti; Ling, whose father speaks Mandarin.
One day the family goes to Hunan Gourmet anyway and her mother’s fortune cruelly reads: ‘It is what you haven’t done that will torment you.’So Nora takes on the mantle of second-wave feminism like a duty, and tries to keep this in mind, but even though she avoided settling down fast and making babies in Westchester, she failed to follow her calling.
Even though she lives in Paris, Sirena isn’t French; she’s Italian. Okay, someone in his family was from Palestine before that, but that’s a long time ago now; and at least some part of it, on his father’s side, I think, was from Beirut all along.
This isn’t obvious because her last name is Shahid and her husband’s first name is Skandar, and her son has the same name as the last shah of Iran – not that any of them is remotely Persian. One part of him is Christian and another part is Muslim, which surely explains a lot about all of it to someone, though not especially to me.
is Nora Eldridge, and from the start she describes herself as something of a non-entity.
‘I’m neither fat nor thin, tall nor short, blonde nor brunette, neither pretty nor plain.’ She’s 42 and ‘neither married nor divorced, but single.
As she indicates at the outset, Nora is neither here nor there.
And a life devoted to art or one sweetened by wealth are apparently the only acceptable outcomes: a median salary and a job well done, as, say, a teacher, are the marks of Nora’s failure.
Plus, she’s ended up in Boston, where nobody serious about becoming an artist would ever live and where the only people who make real money are corrupt construction bosses and professional athletes.
The Shahids offer her hope: maybe life hasn’t settled into itself, maybe at the age of 37 something will still happen, a drastic turn.
Drawn further into the family’s life, Nora starts babysitting for Reza, nights after which Skandar walks her home and tells her of his childhood in Lebanon.
In case the reader was doubting where this was going, one of Nora’s friends puts it bluntly: ‘So you’re in love with Sirena, and you want to fuck her husband and steal her child. ’ Nora demurs: ‘Not one bit.’ The three adults have dinners together.
Only Reza stands out: ‘He didn’t look like the other children – not because of his olive skin, his fierce little eyebrows, the set of his lip, but because his clothes were so tidy, so formal and foreign.’ Despite his sensitivity and charm, Reza is a target for the other children.