The Sun is Also a Star

The Sun is Also a Star

by

Nicola Yoon

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Attorney Jeremy Fitzgerald Character Analysis

Jeremy Fitzgerald is considered the best immigration attorney in New York City, and he agrees to see Natasha and do what he can to help reverse her deportation notice. However, his day begins to take unexpected turns when Donald Christainsen runs into him with his car in the morning, injuring him and precipitating his realization and eventual confession that he's in love with Hannah Winter, his paralegal. Though Jeremy makes several appointments to help Natasha, he doesn't attend those appointments and instead spends the afternoon at a hotel with Hannah. As such, he's unable to reverse the deportation notice. Daniel realizes in the evening that Jeremy is the one who is supposed to conduct his interview for admission to Yale. During their interview, Jeremy encourages Daniel to mess up while he's young and the consequences are minimal, while also encouraging him to consider Yale as a stepping-stone. Though he doesn't tell Daniel the truth about why he couldn't help Natasha, Daniel is still distraught. Later, Jeremy chooses to leave his wife for Hannah, causing lasting emotional damage to his children with his first wife.

Attorney Jeremy Fitzgerald Quotes in The Sun is Also a Star

The The Sun is Also a Star quotes below are all either spoken by Attorney Jeremy Fitzgerald or refer to Attorney Jeremy Fitzgerald. 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 Random House edition of The Sun is Also a Star published in 2016.
Chapter 40 Quotes

Does he want to know how it feels to be undocumented? Or how I keep waiting for someone to find out I don't belong here at all?

Probably not. He's looking for facts, not philosophy, so I write them down.

Page Number: 112
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Chapter 86 Quotes

Should I tell him about my father's aborted dreams? Should I tell him that I think dreams never die even when they're dead? Should I tell him that I suspect my father lives a better life in his head?

Related Symbols: A Raisin In the Sun
Page Number: 213
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Chapter 91 Quotes

I open my mouth to ask for more facts and specifics. I find them reassuring. The poem comes back to me. "'Hope' is the thing with feathers." I close my mouth. For the second time today I'm letting go of the details. Maybe I don't need them. It would be so nice to let someone else take over this burden for a little while.

Related Characters: Natasha Kingsley (speaker), Daniel Bae, Attorney Jeremy Fitzgerald
Page Number: 233
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Chapter 113 Quotes

"My parents are immigrants. They moved to this country for a better life. They work all the time so my brother and I can have the American Dream. Nowhere in the American Dream does it say you can skip college and become a starving artist."

Page Number: 291
Explanation and Analysis:

"Yes," I say. "He would." But not because he's evil. And not because he's a Stereotypical Korean Parent. But because he can't see past his own history to let us have ours.

Related Characters: Daniel Bae (speaker), Dae Hyun Bae, Attorney Jeremy Fitzgerald
Page Number: 292
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Attorney Jeremy Fitzgerald Character Timeline in The Sun is Also a Star

The timeline below shows where the character Attorney Jeremy Fitzgerald appears in The Sun is Also a Star. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 12
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...jealous that Bev is touring colleges without her. She looks at the card for a Jeremy Fitzgerald. Mr. Barnes had called him a long shot. Natasha reasons that long shots are... (full context)
Chapter 14
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As soon as she's out of the USCIS building, Natasha dials Jeremy Fitzgerald's number. The receptionist sounds like she's in a construction zone, and Natasha hesitates when... (full context)
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...her school to see it for the last time. Instead, she decides to walk to Attorney Fitzgerald 's office near Times Square and stop at her favorite vinyl store on the way.... (full context)
Chapter 40
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...apart. She thinks about him all the way up to the office suite of Attorney Jeremy Fitzgerald. (full context)
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...office is under construction, and the paralegal looks pale and frazzled. She has bad news: Attorney Fitzgerald was hit by a car and he won't be back until the afternoon. Natasha is... (full context)
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The paralegal flips through the forms and tells Natasha she needs to add more—"Jeremy" needs material to humanize Natasha. Natasha writes about how hardworking and patriotic she'd be, and... (full context)
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...through Natasha's revised forms, she says that she thinks Natasha will be okay, and that Jeremy never loses. She says that there's hope. Natasha thinks of a poem from her English... (full context)
Chapter 41
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...character, like a cook or a handmaiden. When she met and began working for Attorney Jeremy Fitzgerald, she finally began to think that she could be the star of her story.... (full context)
Chapter 42
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Earlier in the day, Jeremy Fitzgerald was hit by a distraught insurance agent driving a white BMW. The experience was... (full context)
Chapter 86
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When Natasha arrives back at Attorney Fitzgerald 's office, his paralegal's eyes are glittering and she looks like she's been kissed. Flustered,... (full context)
Chapter 89
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Natasha wonders how many stories like hers Attorney Fitzgerald has heard. She picks up her story of the night Samuel ruined her life. After... (full context)
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...the way home. He told the officer his entire story, and the officer called ICE. Attorney Fitzgerald looks confused and asks why her dad did that. Natasha tells the reader she knows... (full context)
Chapter 91
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Natasha doesn't tell Attorney Fitzgerald that Samuel believes she's his greatest regret, and instead tells him about their notice to... (full context)
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Attorney Fitzgerald confirms that Peter is a US citizen, and Natasha continues her story. Her parents thought... (full context)
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Attorney Fitzgerald asks why Natasha went to USCIS, and she admits she didn't know what else to... (full context)
Chapter 104
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...her late that morning started the entire chain of events and brought her to both Attorney Fitzgerald and Daniel. (full context)
Chapter 110
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Daniel is ten minutes late when he knocks on Attorney Fitzgerald 's door. Nobody answers, so he opens the door and discovers a sobbing paralegal. She... (full context)
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...She says she used to love fairy tales because princesses never do the wrong thing. Attorney Fitzgerald 's door opens and he ignores the paralegal and Daniel's hand. (full context)
Chapter 111
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...her hopes get too high. Natasha decides to wait until she gets a call from Attorney Fitzgerald before telling her mother what's going on. (full context)
Chapter 113
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Daniel notices that on Attorney Fitzgerald 's desk is a file with Natasha's name on it. He explains that he knows... (full context)
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Attorney Fitzgerald insists the American dream can mean many things, but is shocked when Daniel insists Dae... (full context)
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Daniel asks if Attorney Fitzgerald is going to let his lover go, and Fitzgerald says they're both going to have... (full context)
Chapter 114-115
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Jeremy Fitzgerald lied to Daniel: he couldn't stop Natasha's deportation because he spent the afternoon with... (full context)
Chapter 116-117
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...is confused, and when her phone rings, Daniel tells her to not answer it. It's Attorney Fitzgerald . Daniel tells Natasha she can't stay, and her stomach sinks. Daniel tries to comfort... (full context)