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Hettie living situation is again threatened by gentrification. The “motherboard” of her computer breaks; she’s going to Africa. “Sweet and friendly” Kenneth Koch dies. In Africa, at Golden Tulip Hotel, then Rita’s village, they work well. Back in New York, Helene counsels, “Take a breath,” wishes Hettie would visit, and she does. When real estate agent with developer visits, she asks for $1 million to move, then next day asks for $1.4 million. Helene laughs. But in narrative Hettie says money can’t buy history, which she prefers to money. Home again, she finds section of original pre-1850 ceiling has fallen;...

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