Chapter abstracts are short descriptions of events that occur in each chapter. They highlight major plot events and detail the important relationships and characteristics of characters and objects. The Chapter Abstracts can be used to review what the students have read, or to prepare the students for what they will read. Hand the abstracts out in class as a study guide, or use them as a "key" for a class discussion. They are relatively brief, but can serve to be an excellent refresher of the text for either a student or teacher.
Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 Abstract
* The story opens with Alice, a sixty-one-year-old woman who is married to an extremely uncommunicative man named Harland, who collects antique headlights, and is planning to leave him.
* Alice's neighbor, a man named Hester Biddle, raises Vietnamese potbellied pigs that often invade Alice's garden.
* Alice spends some time reminiscing about the pig farm...
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