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You Should Have Known Chapter Ten: Hospital Land

By Jean Hanff Korelitz

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Chapter Ten: Hospital Land

In this edition of the book, Chapter 10 is pages 170-183

  • Grace's last patients leave and she's not sure what to do. 
  • She doesn't want to sit in her quiet office and wait for the phone, but she also doesn't want to go back to Henry's school with all the news vans. 
  • "She had no idea what had happened to Malaga Alves, and with every passing moment she found herself caring less. Malaga, the poor woman—the dead woman—had nothing to do with her, but there was an asteroid on the horizon, and it got bigger, denser, and more terrible with every passing hour. Where was Jonathan?" (10.170) 
  • Oh, Grace. She really should have known these stories were connected by now. 
  • It's pouring rain, but Grace leaves her office and heads to an old diner where she used to meet up with Jonathan during his residency. 
  • She gets a call from her editor (Maud) and publicist (J. Colton), who catch her up on all the exciting and glamorous places they're booking her big tour. The View! Miami! Jewish community centers!  
  • Grace is mildly confused because her book isn't for a Jewish audience, but they say she's a Jewish author. Grace's parents were basically Jewish in name only but still got dressed up for special religious occasions. "Grace believed nothing and did even less" (10.174). 
  • The publishing team keeps chatting about Barnes & Noble and moving the book's release up from Valentine's Day (too cynical) to January because people are ready for self-reflection after the New Year. 
  • When the call ends, Grace leaves the diner and starts heading for familiar territory: "Hospital Land," a neighborhood close to major hospitals where staffers lived and stores revolved around their needs.  
  • Grace thinks about how Hospital Land is a world unto itself because it's always open, and the hospitals are like "dramatic stages on which an incalculable number of great stories (usually tragic) were playing on a perpetual loop" (10.178). 
  • Right on cue, here comes Grace's white knight. She thinks Jonathan's personality makes him so much better than other uncaring doctors with God complexes.  
  • Grace realizes she doesn't really have a plan for being here and doesn't belong, so she turns around. 
  • Somebody calls her name: It's Stu Rosenfeld, one of Jonathan's favorite colleagues. 
  • He notices that she changed her hair—even Jonathan didn't notice that. 
  • They chit-chat and Stu tells her his wife is in her second trimester, expecting a boy. Grace has only met his second wife briefly and didn't know she was pregnant. 
  • Likewise, Stu didn't realize Grace wrote a book. He says he'll have to read it. 
  • Apparently, Jonathan was not a huge fan of many of his co-workers, but he always liked Stu. 
  • Grace feels genuinely happy and excited for him, in addition to being grateful for a chance to stop talking about Malaga.  
  • And then Stu asks, "So what's Jonathan up to these days? (10.183)" 
  •  Say what now?

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