Essay Topic 1
The novel is set in the late 1870s, but it also includes references to fairy tale creatures. What elements of fantasy are used in the novel? Why is the novel both historical fiction and fantasy? Why is it not magical realism?
Essay Topic 2
The story is told from Clara’s point of view. What does the reader know about events and characters because of how the story is told? How does telling the story from Clara’s point of view affect the plot?
Essay Topic 3
Clara and Maren have been raised together, but have different personalities. In what ways are Clara and Maren alike and unalike? How do those similarities and differences affect their relationship?
Essay Topic 4
O’Neill, Clara, and Maren do not know who their parents are. What is important about the fact that none of the three know their parents? Does not knowing...
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