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Chapter Twenty-Three discussion


Parker discovers that she shares some significant similarities with the anonymous people in the photographs, her round face. “But now this trait that she could never completely accept was the one thing that connected her to these older relatives in their younger bodies with round faces.” How might it help Parker to feel connected with her ancestry in this way? Have you ever had a characteristic or attribute that you didn’t like on its own, but felt more comfortable with it once you shared it with others in your family?

More “Food For Thought”: Jerry reveals to Parker that her grandmother wasn’t always the vibrant, impulsive person that Parker knew, but was once very similar to Parker, more introspective and shy. What do you think this knowledge will do to Parker’s own understanding of her grandmother? Can you think of any reasons her grandmother might have changed?

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