Will J.P. and the narrator recover from alcoholism? Why or why not?
The themes of both despair and hope figure in "Where I'm Calling From." Is the story ultimately more hopeless or hopeful? Give examples to back up your opinion.
Explore the different ways in which eating is used as a metaphor in the story, and what each mention of food or eating signifies.
Describe the different ways in which physical vulnerability figures into the story and why.
Compare and contrast the personality and outlook of the narrator's wife and J.P.'s wife. How does each react to her husband's alcoholism? Who is the stronger character?
Who is the more reliable storyteller, J.P. or the narrator? Give examples to back up your opinion.
Many details in the story are vague, while others are very precise. For example, J.P. is "eighteen or nineteen" when he...
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