Suttree Setting & Symbolism

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The slum neighborhood where Suttree spends several years, alongside the Tennessee River. The neighborhood consists almost entirely of shanties and old buildings that are rundown and in different degrees of decay, often inhabited by people seeking shelter. The neighborhood is dilapidated and the buildings mostly in a condemned condition but still being lived in. There is a cemetery between the river where Suttree's houseboat is docked and McAnally Flats as well as at least one major bridge that spans the river, under which Harrogate has made a home. There is also a wrecking yard and small businesses, such as cafes and bars in the area. The residents of McAnally Flats find some camaraderie in their poverty and perceived lack of options, as well as their shared alcoholism. McAnally Flats probably went downhill during the depression, and toward the end of the story is undergoing renovation. In...

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