The chapter introduces all the characters:
Delia, a 15-year old girl from a blue collar family with a musical gift, her piano teacher who happens to be blind and has a service dog named Gracie, Bird, the grocer, and others in the south east Baltimore neighborhood where a good portion of the novel is set. This first chapter appears in Crack the Spine, 2014. I've been working on this novel since 2000. An earlier version of the first three chapters served as my thesis in the JHU Master's of Writing program.