a sheer fabric of silk or rayon
Also there are two scarves, one green, one yellow, from fabric she knows is
the property of showing inventiveness and skill
An exposed dress reconfigured into skin-hiding day wear. Hằng is so impressed with Co-ra’s
ingenuity she mimics every one of Co-ra’s many, many steps in putting on one item after another.
socks, stockings, and tights collectively
I’ve got a slip and
hosiery and a bra and a belt for your tiny self.
stress or single out as important
You do splendidly in a flouncy, floral summer dress that adds the illusion of a fuller figure and
accentuates your waist.
How will Hằng explain she wasn’t thinking, only reacting to an image that conflicted with Bà’s many warnings still
palpitating inside Hằng’s skull.
allow to remain in a place or maintain a property or feature
In such boots, she can stomp on almost anything, even miniature balls of spikes, and manage to
marked by tact in dealing with sensitive matters or people
LeeRoy walks away, not trusting the calm. First, he was able to dodge the bullet with H, then Mr. Morgan is all
expect, believe, or suppose
reckon he’s telling the truth?”
Buried within such a floor must be countless bones, leaves, shapes belonging to lives that long ago drifted and
flourished. Maybe not all
flourished; maybe some were flung in and joined the immense burial ground at the bottom of the sea.
so thin as to transmit light
More than likely she will dissolve into the salt, the currents. Each hair, each vein, each morsel of flesh, of skin shredded and nibbled until she turns
make undecipherable or imperceptible by concealing
obscures details of his present. Favorite fruit, best friend, does he dream, when did he last cry? It’s pointless to push. He won’t reveal his present self unless she waits.
recall the past
An expert at waiting, she would maneuver a life beside Linh and cook and eat and talk and
uninterrupted in time and indefinitely long continuing
It’s exhausting, the
incessant flip of emotions.
having a quality that provokes disbelief
implausible after pirates and holes and worms she should be granted a meal so sublime.
provoke or stir up
Stretchy sleeves certain to
incite a cyclone of questions inspired one indecipherable word from Ly-Roi: “Cool.”
nobility in thought or feeling or style
At any time in any place an act of horror is being committed. At any time in any place an act of
sublimity is being felt.
very thin especially from disease or hunger or cold
The other girl held her smile. So charming that when a rescue helicopter appeared a day later, with UNHCR bright and bold on its belly, a
gaunt man in eyeglasses and a white shirt did not believe in the girl’s emergency.
process fast and efficiently
The girls were
expedited to the last-stage refugee processing camp in Bataan, Philippines, where again they were fast-tracked to fly out of Manila after four and a half months.
produced or growing in extreme abundance
Dry, firm earth. So much of it that Hằng could walk for days in her new boots and never have to touch a lake, a river, an ocean. Walk for days across a land that is the opposite of a
lush tropical island, a land where dust and blankness might allow her to thaw.
part with a possession or right
Maybe he means it, and the flying caterpillars could be
relinquished. She tries to see his face hairless.
give or supply
There, the potassium was right in the soil to
yield a big fruit, and local water had plenty of salt to retain water and work up juice.
a short message dedicating it to someone or something
The book is waiting. He makes H turn around while he writes an
tender, romantic, or nostalgic feeling or emotion
His mama insisted on that, so years from now his
sentiment will still be sitting on a shelf waiting for her.
allowing light to pass through diffusely
But she doesn’t have time to scold him, points to a red round bunch with a second picture of white
of a quantity that can fulfill a need or requirement
He doesn’t sound
sufficiently surprised or grateful.