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What I Saw and How I Lied Chapter 1

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Chapter 1

  • The book opens up with the narrator watching a flame—her mother is lighting a cigarette in her nightgown and sitting in bed next to her.
  • She knows that they are all in the newspapers and that they have to avoid the hotel dining room now.
  • The narrator rides her bike down to the beach and looks out—thinking about someone named Peter and how his body was brought home.
  • She decides that she needs to start the story from the beginning—from the day before they left for Florida. Well, let's hear it.

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