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You Should Have Known Chapter Six: Nor For Much Longer

By Jean Hanff Korelitz

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Chapter Six: Nor For Much Longer

In this edition of the book, Chapter 6 is pages 99-110

  • Four days later, Grace's cell phone is blinking like a hyperactive turn signal, but she's too busy to check it. 
  • She just finished up a pre-interview with a producer from the Today show, in which she recapped the importance of listening to what someone is trying to tell you. Men acting hostile toward women is an "enormous red flag" (6.100) 
  • Oh, the irony
  • Grace finally checks her email and reads a message from Henry's school. 
  • One of the fourth graders has suffered a family tragedy, and counselors will be visiting the classrooms. 
  • Grace is annoyed because the message doesn't really communicate anything specific. 
  • She deletes it, as one does when a horrible situation is accompanied by imprecise language. 
  • Her group text with the Rearden moms is also blowing up and everyone's wondering what's going on.  
  • Sylvia calls to tell Grace that Malaga is dead—or more specifically, she was murdered. 
  • Grace wonders how they're going to tell the kids, but most of them have already heard thanks to Sally Morrison-Golden's efficient gossip chain.  
  • Meanwhile, Sylvia is worried about the negative press of a private school mom's murder, even though Malaga wasn't really a private school mom since her son was on scholarship. 
  • Grace and her friends are such lovely people. Their compassion is truly moving. 
  • Grace points out that there's no connection between this murder and the school. 
  • Editor's Note: Not yet. 
  • Everyone assumes Malaga's husband, Guillermo Alves, killed her, but nobody's ever seen him. 
  • Sylvia partially blames Malaga for "flirting with all those guys" (6.106) at the fundraiser, but Grace rightfully notes that she didn't do anything to attract their attention. 
  • After she hangs up, Grace considers calling Jonathan, who told her he was going to an oncology conference in Cleveland. 
  • She leaves him a message, but then realizes it might seem trivial to tell somebody who deals with death for a living about the death of somebody he doesn't know. 
  • She regrets calling him and thinks about why she's so affected by this. 
  • Besides a little luck and some money, not much separates her from Malaga. 
  • (Editor's Note: There's actually much less separation between them than that.)  
  • She hears her next patients arrive and considers starting their session early. 
  • Instead, she decides to sit in her office as if nothing's changed "because she wanted to and because she could. But not for much longer" (6.110).

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