Getting Somewhere Summary: The short story “Getting Somewhere” written by Susan Isaacs published in 2018 is about a woman named Karen who is looking for a house with her husband Jeffrey.
Suddenly she has a flashback of her driving where she sees people going crazy. She thinks that they are African, but she notices that they are Haitian refugees, and she gestures that they should come into her car.
A man, a pregnant woman, another man, and a boy and lastly an old man enters her car. She does not want to give them to the police, so she drives away and finds a Haitian couple.
Just as she is about to get her handbag all 5 of them get out of the car and the woman tells her that the refugees were thanking Karen.
Karen was sad that she did not get to say goodbye to them. In the end Karen and the Haitian woman thank one another and kiss.
The story is told by a first-person narrator. Karen is the main character in the short story, and she is also the narrator.
“I was driving my car, a BMW convertible […]. I was going over the Rickenbacker Causeway that’s named for somebody and the news was on […], and I was thinking..”
4 This shows that the narrator is telling the story from “I´s” perspective. Which means that the story is only seen from one perspective which is the main character Karen´s perspective.
Karen is current in every event that is happening in the story for example in the beginning while they are going to buy a house and when the Haitian refugees run across the road
she witnesses it with her own eyes, and she wants to help them which makes her a reliable first-person narrator.
There are many contrasts in the short story. One of the contrasts is the setting in the story. In the beginning it starts in an island South from Miami where there is a luxurious house with a view to the ocean
which seems very peaceful and quiet. When Karen thinks about the time, she helped the refugees the setting is very chaotic.
People are running the police are stopping the traffic and people are getting in Karen´s car. The two different settings are contrasts.
There is also another setting in the story called “Little Haiti” which is a poorer neighborhood. When Karen drives to “Little Haiti” she notices people running again, which also is a contrast to where Karen lives.