Though Bertrand was not thrilled at the prospect of Julia and Zoë moving, Julia insisted the move would not be permanent. Initially, Julia and Zoë stayed with Charla, but then moved into their own apartment. Julia now works from home for a French website and Zoë attends school a few blocks from the apartment. Zoë complains that her schoolmates call her Frenchy, which Julia finds amusing.
This chapter establishes the stakes of Julia’s new life in New York City. It also hints at Zoë’s struggle to fit in as a bicultural kid. Julia seems to romanticize this struggle, perhaps because she herself had to struggle for much of her adult life with fitting into a culture that was not the one she grew up in.