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How common is kidnapping in our culture? If your younger brother disappeared, would you assume the worst? Why, or why not? What are the three common reasons for kidnapping, as stated in the story? Might there be others?

Was Beth's disorganized lifestyle to blame for Ben's loss? Was Vincent to blame? Is Ben to blame for not screaming out? Could Pat be blamed for sending his wife off with three children to a party in a big city? Is Cecil to blame?

Discuss the contrast between Beth's relationship with her father and brother, and the relationship among the Cappadoras. In what ways are they similar? In what ways are they different? Does religion play a role in either, or both?

Rosie and Angelo Cappadora's characters are intense. Are these loveable people? Why, or why not? What kind of grandparents are they? Are they judgmental...

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