The last one needs a little 'splaining, so let me give you a little synopsis and snippet from the book.
In the not-so-distant future, Nora James, the popular girl and happy consumer, witnesses a horrific bombing on a shopping trip with her mother. In Nora’s world, terrorism is so commonplace that she can pop one little white pill to forget and go on like nothing ever happened. However, when Nora makes her first trip to a Therapeutic Forgetting Clinic to do just that, she learns what her mother, a frequent forgetter, has been frequently forgetting. (No spoilers!)
That evening, Nora’s father gives her a present—a memento—to “commemorate” her first TFC trip:
Dad pulled something out of his pocket. A small, green¬ish blue box that I instantly recognized as being from the best jewelry store, the Tiffany’s downtown next to his office. Inside was a silver bracelet with one charm on it. A purse. It was, I had to admit, very glossy.
He fastened it onto my wrist. I couldn’t help smiling.
“No little girl of mine should have to see what you saw,” he said, full of seriousness. “But the world isn’t a safe place anymore, and I can’t always be there to protect you. So every time you need to forget something bad like you did today, I’m going to buy you a new charm to remind you that you’re still my little girl.”I know this sounds sweet, but it’s not really, considering what she didn’t forget and what she finds out is going on.
Nora comments later:
Apparently my milestone was an explosive shopping trip. Dad was more right than he knew.
So the prize I’m offering—to save you any such shopping trips this Christmas season—is a charm bracelet full of purses.
Not exactly Tiffanys, I know, but still very glossy.
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