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How does Grace and Neva's relationship change?

Created: 12/26/15

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davinamw

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How does Grace and Neva's relationship change?

How do you think the relationship between Grace and Neva changes as the story progresses?


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deeh

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RE: How does Grace and Neva's relationship change?

I think they develop a better understanding of who they are and why their relationship seemed rocky and come to terms with each other because of this understanding.


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dorothyh

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RE: How does Grace and Neva's relationship change?

They can see the other point of view


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kimk

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I was surprised at how well the story developed so that each understood the other's viewpoint better. It was interesting to see how each generation came to appreciate her mother's sacrifices more.


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joyces

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RE: How does Grace and Neva's relationship change?

As happens in a lot of families, a crisis of whatever kind, makes them count on and care about each other more and usually shrinks the pettier differences to insignificance. As most of us have learned when things get tough you can usually count on family to be there.


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MarieA

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Once understanding is achieved, a better relationship exists between Grace and Neva. Things take time--change and total acceptance do not occur overnight. Patience is truly a virtue in humans in accepting one another and his/her decisions.


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Retired Reader, NE

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RE: How does Grace and Neva's relationship change?

Their relationship could only change if each woman gave up some of her anger. What a lot of wasted energy it took to maintain their isolation. Grace finally had to recognize boundaries. She was the mother to avoid with her constant need to know and control everything. Neva had to be willing to open up to Grace, to Patrick, and to her baby.


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kimk

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RE: How does Grace and Neva's relationship change?

That's a good point, RR! I can understand why Grace was angry, feeling like she'd missed out on something by not knowing her father, but not really sure what Neva would have been angry about. She obviously had a good education, was bright & successful, and certainly her mom had a lot to do with that. Any thoughts?


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Beachgirl

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RE: How does Grace and Neva's relationship change?

Towards the end of the book, Neva calls Grace “mom”. I think that sentiment speaks volumes on the way Neva and Graces relationship evolved through all the trauma of the events that took place.


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bettyt

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RE: How does Grace and Neva's relationship change?

I have known quite a few mother-daughter relationships that have evolved as did Grace and Neva's.


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