- In Chapter one,
Kelly is transitioning both emotionally and in appearance.
Consider some examples, and what do they say about her habit of putting
on a good front?
- When Mitchell arrives, we see him from Kelly’s
unsympathetic point of view. What in the writing makes him neither all
bad nor all good?
- What do you make of Grayson’s sisters, Margaret
and Clair? And what do you make of Kelly’s deceptions?
- The bulk of chapter five contains flashback
episodes between Kelly and her mother. How do these experiences
contribute to Kelly’s character arch?
- Consider, both literally and metaphorically, the
situation of Kelly tip-toeing into the church in search of a drinking
fountain. Why is she so conflicted?
- On Mother’s Day, Kelly performs her annual routine
of laying flowers at her mother’s grave. Consider the differences
between honor, duty, respect, and fear.
- In Chapter Nine, consider how the past, present,
and future are represented by the various characters that appear
starting with Kelly’s dream of her mother thru to Gina Bennett’s son,
- When Kelly fell and hit her head, she refused
Mitchell’s aid. Why?
- Compare and contrast Kelly’s memory of Grayson’s
passing with Mitchell’s account of his friend Daryl’s death.
- What kind of shifts takes place when Kelly
believes Mitchell has abandoned her?
- While Kelly is diving in her grief inside the
house, Mitchell is actually making progress outside. Consider examples
of each, and what it means, in a broader context, to be seen..
- Chapter fourteen is pivotal. What happened and
how did it change the course of action?
- Without giving away the ending, remember that this
story is about loss and recovery, resentment and forgiveness. What
other themes come into play in the desert?
- What role do Mr. Finch and Mr. Ritell play in the
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