Gerald Grote is Vivian/Niamh’s second adoptive father. He lives with his wife Wilma in a shack in the woods outside of Hemingford, Minnesota in the late 1920s. They have four children. Like his wife, Gerald doesn’t want his children and frequently neglects them. He enjoys hunting, fishing, and farming, and tries to live a self-sustaining life so that he doesn’t have to have a job. He takes an inappropriate interest in Vivian/Niamh (called “Dorothy” at the time), and ultimately tries to rape her.
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Chapter 17: Hemingford County, Minnesota, 1930
Chapter 18: Hemingford Country, Minnesota, 1930
Chapter 22: Hemingford County, Minnesota, 1930
...Niamh boils water and washes the sheets while Mrs. Grote sits and directs her. When Mr. Grote comes home, Niamh hears them argue, with Mrs. Grote yelling phrases like “dirty Irish bog-trotter.”... (full context)
Chapter 23: Hemingford County, Minnesota, 1930
Chapter 24: Hemingford County, Minnesota, 1930
...happened.” Niamh tells her the truth about everything, from the Grotes’ uncared for children to Mr. Grote ’s violation. Miss Larsen holds Niamh’s hand the entire time. Afterward, Miss Larsen makes tea... (full context)