41 pages 1 hour read

Elizabeth Acevedo

Family Lore

Fiction | Novel | Adult | Published in 2023

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Part 4

Chapter Summaries & Analyses

Part 4: “The Wake”

Part 4, Chapter 37 Summary: “I”

Ona tries to apologize to Jeremiah for her attempt at seduction, but he belittles her choice of porn and states she is sacrificing her family for the one she wants.

Part 4, Chapter 38 Summary: “Flor”

Flor goes to a salon to have her hair done, but her favorite stylist is sick. Yadi offers to do her hair instead, so Flor finishes tasks before the wake—taking down pictures in her home. As she takes down the picture of her wedding, she thinks about her deceased husband Pedro. When they married and sex was expected, she realized how little she knew about her body. When they moved to America, Pedro’s struggle with alcohol began. As Flor worked, she gave her checks to him to build their dream house in the Dominican Republic. When Matilde told her that she saw Pedro buying drinks at a bar one night, Flor looked into their finances. He resisted, but she learned he squandered their savings. She had to take on a second job and take charge of their finances. In the present, Flor finds all the money she’s hidden in her home to give to Ona.