This chapter is focused on Katherine’s relationship with Jeremy, himself a stutterer. They had met in Chicago while she was there interviewing people for her book. He was an alumnus of a regimented speech therapy program and she was an open stutterer. She found herself drawn to him, but after attaining his phone number, she never got up the courage to call him. Two months later, he called her and asked if she would like to interview him in Chicago. She spent a week with him in Chicago, and in between interviews with other stuttering people, she spent time with him. She felt such a strong bond growing between them that she invited him to go on a cross country journey with her as she completed some interviews for the book. He agreed, and their relationship took off.
I found it interesting that Katherine had met only one other stuttering couple. I would have thought that more people who stutter would have found solace in being with another who understood their struggles. However, as Katherine said, being with Jeremy was like coming face to face with her stutter every day. She not only felt the tension and exhaustion caused by her own stutters, but also felt them when Jeremy stuttered, as well. Katherine questioned Jeremy if her stutter made him feel uncomfortable, as she chose to stutter openly, and he followed a speech program. He said that, yes, at first he was caught off guard that someone so beautiful with so much going for her would choose to openly stutter, but that now, he sees that it is just who she is. Katherine herself begins to fall in love with Jeremy, and she realizes that if she can love someone who stutters so completely, then surely she can do the same for herself.