Girl in Translation

Mrs. Avery Character Analysis

Mrs. Avery is Annette's mother. She's an extremely kind and caring woman. She's also a real estate agent, and when Annette becomes aware of Kim and Ma's living situation, Mrs. Avery is able to arrange for them to rent a better apartment in Queens. She even offers to provide Ma's character reference.

Mrs. Avery Quotes in Girl in Translation

The Girl in Translation quotes below are all either spoken by Mrs. Avery or refer to Mrs. Avery. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Riverhead edition of Girl in Translation published in 2010.
Five Quotes

"Honey, look at me."

I was so startled by the word "honey" that I obeyed. I had heard Mrs. Avery using it for Annette. This was not a word principals used back home.

Related Characters: Mrs. LaGuardia (speaker), Kim , Annette, Mrs. Avery
Page Number: 98
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Twelve Quotes

"Does it have heat?"

She looked startled. "Do you mean central heating?"

"Yes, does it have radiators that work?"

"Of course it does. I mean, don't worry, the heat works great."

Related Characters: Kim (speaker), Mrs. Avery (speaker), Annette, Dr. Weston
Page Number: 254
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Mrs. Avery Character Timeline in Girl in Translation

The timeline below shows where the character Mrs. Avery appears in Girl in Translation. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Four
Family, Choices, and Sacrifice Theme Icon
Independence and Coming of Age Theme Icon
The Immigrant Experience Theme Icon
...allows Kim to go to Annette's house one afternoon to work on it. Kim greets Mrs. Avery formally, which seems to surprise Mrs. Avery. Annette and her little brother fight over a... (full context)
Poverty and Shame Theme Icon
Family, Choices, and Sacrifice Theme Icon
Work vs. Education Theme Icon
Mrs. Avery introduces Kim to the housekeeper, whom Kim greets with a handshake. The housekeeper makes Kim... (full context)
Poverty and Shame Theme Icon
Family, Choices, and Sacrifice Theme Icon
Independence and Coming of Age Theme Icon
When they're finished, Kim asks Mrs. Avery to drop her off at the school. Mrs. Avery starts to protest, but then agrees.... (full context)
Poverty and Shame Theme Icon
The Immigrant Experience Theme Icon
...school before Christmas vacation, Kim presents the plant to Annette as she gets out of Mrs. Avery 's car. Annette is puzzled and asks if it makes noise; Kim later realizes that... (full context)
Six
Family, Choices, and Sacrifice Theme Icon
Work vs. Education Theme Icon
Annette finds Kim and hugs her, excited they'll both be going to Harrison. Mr. and Mrs. Avery introduce themselves to Ma and invite them out to lunch with them, but Ma refuses.... (full context)
Eleven
Family, Choices, and Sacrifice Theme Icon
Independence and Coming of Age Theme Icon
The Immigrant Experience Theme Icon
On the evening of Curt's party, Kim goes to Annette's house. She greets Mrs. Avery warmly and Annette lets Kim borrow a daringly short dress and a pair of pumps.... (full context)
Twelve
Family, Choices, and Sacrifice Theme Icon
Independence and Coming of Age Theme Icon
The Immigrant Experience Theme Icon
...temporarily canceled. Annette insists that the apartment isn't legal and says they have to tell Mrs. Avery so she can help. Kim, ashamed, says she doesn't want Mrs. Avery to know about... (full context)
Poverty and Shame Theme Icon
Family, Choices, and Sacrifice Theme Icon
Independence and Coming of Age Theme Icon
A month later, Mrs. Avery invites Kim to her office. She explains that she found an apartment in Queens, though... (full context)
Family, Choices, and Sacrifice Theme Icon
Independence and Coming of Age Theme Icon
Mrs. Avery notices Kim's hopeful look and mentions that she'll need a deposit, paperwork, proof of employment,... (full context)
Thirteen
Poverty and Shame Theme Icon
Independence and Coming of Age Theme Icon
...reminds her that they're still like mother and cub. Back at the apartment, Kim phones Mrs. Avery and explains the situation. She also mentions her acceptance to Yale. Mrs. Avery offers to... (full context)
Poverty and Shame Theme Icon
Work vs. Education Theme Icon
The next few weeks are extremely happy for Kim. Mrs. Avery is able to arrange for Kim and Ma to move to their new apartment in... (full context)