Back When We Were Grownups

Who is Rebecca's Mother, Aunt Ida from Back When We Were Grownups: A Novel and what is their importance?

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These two sisters have certain similarities (an attachment to the past in general, and to Rebecca's past in particular) and a lot of differences (the outspoken Ida frequently gets into trouble with Rebecca's more straight-laced mother). They unwittingly reinforce Rebecca's unhappiness with her present by continually reminding her how happy she seemed in her past, with their particular memories of Will Allenby (see below) triggering her search for, and discovery of, him, as well as her re-imagination of their potential future.