Here are some of the questions we discussed at our in-person meeting on March 23.
- All the narrators are very similar in background, situation, and voice. What kind of voice is the author trying to focus? Do you see a lack of variety or a consistent rhythm?
- What do the physical spaces and locations these narrators occupy tell a reader about their characters?
- What roles do windows play in the stories?
- At what level do you engage with the stories? Are there any stories in which you see a version of yourself or someone you know? How do you relate to these women? Did you experience any “bystander frustration” in relating to these women?
- The stories in this collection occur almost exclusively within the “inner space” of the mind: Miller is interested in motivations (or anti-motivations) of her characters rather than what happens to them. How did your relationship with our own inner space change as/after you read these stories?
- How does Miller challenge traditional storytelling structures? How does she question what a story “should” do?
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