A woman Eggers has admired since childhood, when they were both on the same swim team. Two years his senior, Sarah was a proficient swimmer and diver, and Eggers never worked up the nerve to talk to her. Shortly after his father dies, though, he finds himself drunkenly talking to her in a crowded bar, and it isn’t long before they sneak off and go to her house, where they have sex while trying to keep her parents from hearing them. The next morning, Sarah sneaks Eggers out of the house and drives him home. When they arrive, he wants to explain that this was a mistake and that he’s dating Kirsten, but he catches a glimpse of his frail mother through the window of the family room. Not wanting his mother to see him in Sarah’s car, he kisses her goodbye and scrambles out. Many years later, when he returns to Lake Forest for a wedding, Eggers goes on a date with Sarah and spends another night with her. This time, he enjoys the feeling of waking up in her bed the next morning. He wants to go to breakfast and slowly pass the morning with her, but she makes up an excuse about having somewhere to be, and he suddenly finds himself on her doorstep wondering what happened.
Sarah Mulhern Character Timeline in A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
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