Explore the role of Nat in the story. What is his purpose? How does he help the reader to learn more about Joel? How is the story different without him?
Cite three instances where motherhood plays a role in the story and explain their significance. What do you think the story is saying about motherhood?
How is Hollywood treated in the story? What does working and living in Hollywood seem to do to people? How is the story different if it is set somewhere else.
Explore Joel's immaturity. Cite three instances where his immaturity is prevalent in the story. What significance does each instance play in the story, and what is the overall significance of this character trait?
Explore the author's treatment of Stella. Why do you think the reader never learns much about her beyond her appearance?
Explore the story's use of addictions as a motif. What...
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