Zigzagging Down a Wild Trail : Stories
1. In the first story, âWith Jazz,â compare the narratorâs relationship with her children with her relationship with Jazz. What are the similarities and differences? 2. How does Peytonâs momâs stroke affect Liz in âTunicaâ? How does it affect Liz and Peytonâs interaction with each other? 3. Describe the similarities and differences between the second and fourth stories, âTobrahâ and âThunder Snow.â What role does the child play in both stories? 4. How does the fictional character of âScottâ in the fifth story, âRolling into Atlantaâ inform us of aspects of Annieâs personality? 5. Consider the ending of the sixth story, âThree-Wheeler.â Why do you suppose the author ended it this way? 6. How do the authorâs descriptions of environment, both in the outer landscape as a whole as well as in the funeral parlor, reflect the themes in the seventh story, âThe Funeral Sideâ? How does this compare with the sense of place in the ninth story, âProper Gypsies?â 7. In the eighth story, âWindow Lightsâ, what do you think is the significance of the following line: âI also have the feeling that nothing is chosen, everything is inevitableâthese fateful patterns of human behavior.â 8. How does the notion of drugs, both legal and illegal, figure into the last two stories of the book? 9. What themes run through all the stories? What recurring relationships are present? 10. How important is syntax in creating a sense of place in the story? Consider both dialogue and narrative.
- Hardback | 119 pages
- 142.24 x 238.76 x 25.4mm | 430.91g
- 01 Aug 2001
- Random House Inc