A Plot Summary Of A Secret Sorrow

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The excerpt from the book A Secret Sorrow, by Karen Van Der Zee, explains a woman's challenge of dealing with a permanent internal injury in her love life. The main character, Faye, was involved in a serious car accident that robbed her of the ability to have children. After the accident, Faye broke off an engagement with her fiancé and moved in with her brother. There, she fell in love with her brother's friend, Kai, to whom she had to reveal her tragic injury.

Faye's dilemma began with Kai when he asked, "Who is Dr. Jaworski, Faye?"� Dr. Jaworski was a psychiatrist to whom Faye was recommended to go, in order help deal with her depression. Kai knew of him because he had found a piece of paper that Faye dropped in his room with the doctor's name on it. Faye did not want Kai to know of her injury and refused to tell him why she was referred to the doctor.

Kai would not give up, though. He wanted to be with her forever, no matter what was wrong with her, but he did not understand why she would not marry him. She did not want to tell him or marry him because she would feel as if she had failed him. Faye felt she could not provide the life he wanted, a life with their own children. Finally, with persistence, Kai was able to get an answer from Faye. Faye said, ""¦I can't give you children. Because I can't get pregnant! I can't have babies! That's why!"�(27) Seeing Kai's unbelieving look, she grabbed his keys and drove his car home. As soon as she entered, Kai called to make sure she had arrived home safely. Soon after Faye went to bed, Kai came into her room. He...