48 pages 1 hour read

Emily Giffin

All We Ever Wanted

Fiction | Novel | Adult | Published in 2018

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Chapters 8-12

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Chapter 8 Summary: “Nina”

Kirk asks Nina how she thinks their meeting with Walter went. He is angry that Finch could be put on trial before the school’s honor board. Kirk claims that since Finch is a “lifer,” meaning that he has been attending Windsor since kindergarten, that Walter should be lenient. He feels as though Finch’s apology should suffice; he does not want his son’s future placed in “the hands of a few leftist wing-nut academics” (85). Kirk asks Nina not to speak about the situation and the photo with anyone, including Melanie. He informs her that he will be having a conversation with Finch.

At home, Nina sits in her office. She thinks about her urge to destroy the butler’s pantry in a fit of anger. She fixates on the extravagance of her home and remembers she has not talked to Julie, her childhood best friend, in several days, which is rare for them. Knowing she can trust Julie with anything, she calls to confide in her about the situation with Finch. She sends her the picture, and Julie tells her it is “really bad.” Nina gets upset when Julie talks about Finch’s kindness in the past tense.

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