Composing a Life Setting & Symbolism

Mary Catherine Bateson
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Quilt

A quilt is used as a metaphor throughout the book for the creative way that women piece together disparate parts of their lives to create a strong and beautiful whole.

Spelman College

The college in Atlanta, Georgia where Mary Catherine Bateson interviews Johnetta Cole. Johnetta is the first black woman president of Spelman College.

Rumania

The country where Alice d'Entremont spent her childhood. She developed much of her non-conformist personality here—playing with gypsies and breaking rules that she felt were unjust.

Beth Israel Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts

The location where Ellen Bassuk is the director of emergency psychiatric services. This is where Ellen tracks the increase in chronically ill and isolated patients who frequent the emergency room.

Impatiens

This is a type of flower planted on the Spelman Campus, compliments of The Cosby Show as a thank you after they filmed an episode on the campus...

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