When Aimee decides to open a nonprofit in an unnamed African country, it’s a sign of her obliviousness, but it becomes an escape hatch for the narrator. She leaves Aimee’s side and meets young teachers in a rural area. She finally builds something like a home of her own, but she also bears witness to the absurdity of the development scheme: The Illuminated Academy for Girls, named after an album of Aimee’s, prompts the country’s government to withdraw all funds from the surrounding town because they assume Aimee will pay for everything. The school stands gleaming on a hillside while the town around it crumbles, and Aimee begins sleeping with the math teacher.

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