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What does Odette’s mother’s voice add to the story?

Created: 04/08/13

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davinamw

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What does Odette’s mother’s voice add to the story?

Ghosts appear throughout the novel. What does Odette’s mother’s voice add to the story?


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Suzanne

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RE: What does Odette’s mother’s voice add to the story?

She and Mrs. Roosevelt were there to give credence to Odette and the Supremes. It was a wonderful way to expand background with another point of view.


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debracoley

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What an "character" this character proved to be! She vividly fills in the voids-family histories, relationships, and past events- with such flair. She also provides a bit of comic relief when situations
become emotional and strained. I especially appreciated the way she handles the near death of her daughter-her outlook on gaining a child to heaven was particularly soothing. Like most good mamas, she was "all- knowing."


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jeffs

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RE: What does Odette’s mother’s voice add to the story?

I agree with Debra. I think Odette's mother provides comic relief and insight into the history of the town and the families. She is also practical and I think this shows where Odette gets her strength and determination. I don't think all of it comes from being born in a tree.


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bjm

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Hilarity!!


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tillieh

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Fun! She provided comic relief, sympathy, and history. She was definitely a connection to the past, present and future all in one! I think the portrayal of Eleanor was hysterical.


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Navy Mom

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RE: What does Odette’s mother’s voice add to the story?

I think Odette's mother gave Odette the sounding board she needed to convey her feelings and thoughts and to help the reader understand who Odette was.


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kathleenr

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RE: What does Odette’s mother’s voice add to the story?

What woman doesn't live with her mother's voice in her head? With this device the author could let us know whether Odette was listening to herself or her mother. At the same time you got to see what a loving relationship they had enjoyed and continued to enjoy. It did add a light touch at the same time.


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rebeccar

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RE: What does Odette’s mother’s voice add to the story?

I love what kathleenr said above (April 17). Those were the exact ideas I was trying to formulate as I scrolled down to add a comment!


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janen

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RE: What does Odette’s mother’s voice add to the story?

I agree with much of what has been written. I love how she brings humor and lightness to the story when needed.


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