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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; fixing, she thinks of Rita’s aunty. Helene gets new hearing aids, moves to senior housing. New deal at 27 Cooper Square in progress while Hettie writes Rita Marley book of 72,438 words. With neighbor Katy to lawyers; their apartments will be renovated, historic building and its Beat / Black Arts history saved.

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