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Out of the Dust Chapter 44

By Karen Hesse

Chapter 44


  • Billie Jo has two boxes of mementos from her past in the closet.
  • The boxes are full of a hodge-podge of stuff, including a baby dress, a jar with her baby teeth in it, marbles, candy wrappers, and a tiny homemade basket. She promised Ma she would go through these things and decide what she didn't need to hold onto any longer, but the task is now both emotionally and physically overwhelming.