Did You Ever Have a Family Symbols & Objects

Bill Clegg
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Waves of Moclips

The waves of Moclips become symbolic points in the native folklore of Washington State. The native legend states that young virgins escaped into the ocean's embrace while crazed men chased them. These virgins become mermaids who then protect the chaste members of the town and the reserve. The waves are the sign other their open embrace. These waves feature prominently in the thinking of June, Kelly, and Will who all either scoff at the tale or find some personal truth in the idea of protectors watching over them. Since the novel focuses on the idea of family so heavily, the mermaids provide the embracing function of a family for those who lack one.

Lolly's Diary

June tries to retrace her daughter's steps in order to connect with her, albeit after her daughter's death. The tool with which she pursues her goal is her daughter's...

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