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Friendship

A number of strong friendships are presented in the novel.

The first is the relationship between Mr. Tom and William. Looking beyond age differences, the two characters share a common bond that unites them. They have both experienced loss and loneliness. William’s loss was in the form of his non-existent mentally ill mother. Tom’s loss was the death of his wife and child. The two characters understand one another on a higher level and help each other cope with their sorrows. The end result is an amazing friendship evolving into a father/son relationship.

Another important friendship is the one between William and Zach. Both evacuees, the two friends share similar life experiences. However, it is their differences that unite them. William is fearful and reserved and Zach is extroverted and jovial. Zach represents everything William wishes to be and William is interesting and unique to...

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