Want Summary
Lynn Steger Strong

Everything you need to understand or teach Want by Lynn Steger Strong.

  • Want Summary & Study Guide
  • 30 Want Lessons
  • 20 Activities
  • 180 Multiple Choice Questions
  • 60 Short Essay Questions
  • 20 Essay Questions
  • Pre-Made Tests and Quizzes
  • ...and more

Want Overview

In Lynn Steger Strong's novel Want, first person narrator Elizabeth has trouble remaining present. Her unnamable disappointments and desires keep her in a perpetual state of psychological and physical motion. At 34, Elizabeth is working her first full-time job and struggling to raise her two daughters while making rent in New York City. She blames her unhappiness on old hurts from her childhood friendship, her financial difficulties, and her unsatisfying work. An amalgamation of banal and shocking events challenges Elizabeth to confront her insatiable restlessness. The novel explores themes including desire, need, and fear.

Lesson Plan

Want Lesson Plans contain 130 pages of teaching material, including: