1. Why does Joe Talbert visit Hillview Manor at the beginning of the book?
Joe visits Hillview Manor in order to complete his college English assignment. He has been tasked with interviewing an elderly person and writing a biography about their life.
2. How does Joe end up interviewing Carl Iverson?
Joe does not realize that most people in Hillview Manor are there because they suffer from dementia or other illnesses of the mind. When Joe arrives at Hillview, Janet, the receptionist, suggests he interview Carl. Carl has been sent to Hillview because he is dying of cancer. Janet reasons that Carl will have an interesting story and that he will still be able to recall the details of his life, unlike other residents.
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