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Nine Perfect Strangers Chapter 2

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Chapter 2

  • Ten years after Yao’s run in with Masha, we meet Frances, a formerly best-selling romantic novelist in her fifties from Sydney.
  • Frances is making the six-hour drive to Tranquillum House where she’s booked an exclusive “10-Day Mind and Body Total Transformation Retreat.”
  • See, Frances has been feeling a little down since her boyfriend, Paul Drabble, disappeared two weeks ago.
  • During the drive, Frances thinks about her career as an author—she’s written 19 books. Pretty darn impressive. But she’s been in a bit of a sales slump lately.
  • She also reminiscences about her two ex-husbands and numerous old boyfriends.
  • It’s actually a fairly depressing car ride. Maybe that’s why she pulls over by the side of the road and starts to cry.
  • After a moment, a large, unpleasant looking man stops to see if she’s all right. Frances worries he might be a serial killer. Uh-oh.
  • Nope. The guy is just concerned that Frances is okay to drive what with all the crying. So she tells him she’s just having a hot flash. Menopause is a real pain. Ladies, you'll find out when you’re older.

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