A Map of the World Setting & Symbolism

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Ann Arbor, MI

Ann Arbor is where Alice and Howard Goodwin meet, while he sells his home-grown vegetables at a farmers' market by the old railroad tracks. They marry before a justice of the peace in Ann Arbor when Alice discovers that she is pregnant before moving to Prairie Center.

Blackwell, WI

A town neighboring Prairie Center, WI, Blackwell contains the elementary school where Alice Goodwin works, a college where she has earned her nursing degree, and a museum where Dan Collins has produced a "Dairy Shrine" commemorating the industry that exerts such an influence in southern Wisconsin. Alica and Howard Goodwin go shopping in Blackwell for a suit for Howard to wear to Lizzy Collins' funeral.

Blackwell Elementary School

Blackwell Elementary employs Alice Goodwin as a nurse five mornings a week from September to June. She has an open cubicle beside the principal's and secretary's offices, where...

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