Short Essay Answer Key
1. What is the setting for the novel?
The story takes place in Savannah, Georgia, from 1981 to 1990. Savannah is a coastal city in Georgia known for its historic preservation and Southern charm.
2. Who is Jim Williams?
Jim Williams is a prominent member of Savannah society, a wealthy antiques dealer, and self-assured "Southern chauvinist." Williams owns several prominent antebellum homes in Savannah and is well-known for his annual Christmas party at Mercer House, one of these historical mansions in which he lives.
3. How does the narrator develop a fascination with Savannah?
The narrator begins his fascination with Savannah by explaining that the cost of one evening's meal in New York City is comparable to a weekend in another location. One weekend, the narrator and a group of friends travel to Charleston, South Carolina, and he decides to spend an extra night visiting Savannah....
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