“…in the dream I’m running. Mom is watching me (I seem to know though I can’t actually see her) and at first it’s the near our house in Tarrytown, then it’s a track, I am running on a dirt track, it’s a race I am running in, our track team competing with girls from another Westchester school and Mom is watching somewhere from the sidelines, and I’m so happy I’m able to run fast again without wincing at pain in my knees, or in the small of my back, my feet are flying and my strides are long and assured and I can’t see the faces of the other girls running around the track, I’m breathless pushing ahead- ahead! – I’m the front runner!- and in the last stretch my heart is beating hard hard hard and then I’m over the finish line – I am the winner of the half-mile sprint, people are congratulating me, but I need to find Mom, I need Mom to see that I’ve won my race, these other people are in my way and confusing me, I don’t want to be hugged by strangers, but where is Mom, I’m pleading, “Mom? Mom?” and with a jolt I’m awake, it’s a morning of bright acid sun pouring through a window and I’m awake somewhere I don’t know, somewhere I don’t want to be, awakw wishing I could sink back into delicious sleep, safely back into my dream where I realized now that Mom is lost, but my eyes are wide open now, the codeine has worn off leaving me awake, sickish an jittery. “
Pentru a va crea o idee generala, personajul principal a supravietuit un accident cu masina, in care si-a pierdut mama. Pe parcursul romanului, ea mereu este in cautarea ei, dar o cauta in vise, sub influenta somniferelor prescrise de doctori p/u recuperare.