The Phantom Limbs of the Rollow Sisters (Paperback)
Unbridled Books, 9781932961423, 228pp.
Publication Date: October 1, 2007
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What do you think Lily and Mabel most need?
Much of this novel focuses on grief and surviving grief. Do you think, though, that it is a sad book?
The girls live in an isolated, rural area, and they run an antique/second hand shop. How do these places affect the story? How does Schaffert use setting to advance the tale?
How are men portrayed in this novel? How are families?
How does this novel change your perspective about Nebraska? Are books that offer perspective or challenge assumptions the kinds of books you prefer to read?
Why do you think Mabel starts going by the name Mabel?
When Lily finally meets her mother, Fiona tells Lily what Lily wants to hear about why they were abandoned. When she meets Ana, she learns the truth about her father’s death. How do these scenes change the story? Is the truth what Lily really wanted?
Why does the story of Charlie Starkweather and Caril Ann Fugate hold such continued interest for us, and what does this say about Middle America?
Though they end up together once more, in what ways have their journeys differed and how does their resilience offer hope for the future and a sense of redemption?
In some ways this story is a search for belonging. In what differing ways are the girls able to find acceptance of the past, and how does that affect their capacity for normal human relations?