The novel is set on Tuckernuck Island, which is near Nantucket. Tuckernuck is an island in the town of Nantucket, Massachusetts. The island is privately owned by its summer residents. Approximately 35 houses have been built on Tuckernuck; the oldest home on the island was built in the mid-18th century. The island has no paved roads or public utilities. Electricity is generated by gas powered generators and solar panels. Water comes from several wells on the island and water heaters are generally gas powered, as are the stoves. The island has some cars, but most of the motorized transportation is provided by golf carts.
The fact that sinks Chess into depression is when her ex-fiancé dies while mountain-climbing in Moab. Moab is a city on the southern edge of Grand County in eastern Utah in the western United States. Moab attracts a large number of tourists every year, mostly visitors to the nearby Arches and Canyonlands national parks. The town is a popular base for mountain bikers who ride the extensive network of trails including the Slickrock Trail.
India works as a curator for the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is a museum and art school in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was founded in 1805 and is the first and oldest art museum and art school in the United States. The academy’s museum is internationally known for its collections of 19th- and 20th-century American paintings, sculptures, and works on paper. Its archives house important materials for the study of American art history, museums, and art training.
Barrett’s wife died of Lou Gehrig’s disease, which is a degenerative disease, also known as lateral sclerosis. It is characterized by stiff muscles, muscle twitching, and gradually worsening weakness due to muscles decreasing in size. This results in difficulty speaking, swallowing, and eventually breathing.
When Lula sends India a painting of her naked hip, she makes everybody believe that it is a picture of whelk shell. Whelk is a common name that is applied to various kinds of sea snail, many of which have historically been used, or are still used, by humans and other animals for food.