Irene is an extremely depressed young woman who works as a security guard in the USCIS building, which Natasha visits. She takes her time looking through people's belongings, as that often causes them to look at her—these brief moments of connection keep Irene's crushing loneliness at bay. After spending a week checking Natasha into the building, Irene finally decides to investigate Natasha's phone case, which is the album art for the Nirvana album Nevermind. Though Irene doesn't like the cover, she later listens to the album and researches the tragic life of Nirvana's lead singer, which causes her to decide to commit suicide. She ends up not following through after Lester Barnes informs her that Natasha called to thank her (Irene was slow to check Natasha in, which made Natasha late to her appointment and consequently allowed her to run into Daniel). Irene doesn't know what Natasha meant to thank her for, but she seeks help and eventually lives out her childhood dream of becoming a flight attendant. On one serendipitous flight, she's the one to reconnect Natasha and Daniel ten years after Natasha saved her life.
Irene Quotes in The Sun is Also a Star
The The Sun is Also a Star quotes below are all either spoken by Irene or refer to Irene. 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: 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 4 Quotes
She glances up at me again but shows no sign that she recognizes me, even though I've been here every day for the last week. To her I'm just another anonymous face, another applicant, another someone who wants something from America.
Irene Character Timeline in The Sun is Also a Star
The timeline below shows where the character Irene appears in The Sun is Also a Star. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...a bin before she walks through the metal detector. She doesn't smile as the guard, Irene, checks Natasha's items. Irene flips over Natasha's phone case, which is the cover art for... (full context)
...receptionist insists that Natasha will have to come back, even when Natasha desperately explains that Irene held her up. The receptionist refuses to call Natasha's case officer, even when she begs.... (full context)