The entire Lee family is dealing with the loss of Lydia, but like most families they are handling it in varying ways. Not only are they dealing with the death of Lydia they are all also still, years later, reeling from the summer that Marilyn took off. James and the kids have been on their best behavior for years trying their best to ensure that Marilyn is happy, but life cannot survive in an environment where relationships are like the thin and fragile shells of robin’s eggs.
How much of what happened stemmed from the fear of Marilyn leaving? Do you think that had she not taken off that the family might have seen the town for what it was? Would the events that followed have been prevented?
James, Marilyn and Nath are able to share their grief via the pages of the book, but Hannah never seems to have been able to share her grief with anyone. She sees the family grappling with the loss and their inability to deal with it communicate within the family, but they don’t see her. Why?