We’re at the end of our discussion and ready to move on to the next book (I’ll get to that in the next post), but before we move on I’d like to spend just a bit more time with Mabel, Jack, Faina, and the rest of the Alaska crew.
One thing that has been bugging me is why Garrett chose to shoot the fox. Why was it such a compulsion for him? He was pointedly asked not to go after the fox, but the idea of the fox seemed always present before and after the directive.
After the death of the fox the story for me took such a drastic turn. The attempt at taming Faina and her acceptance of attempting to live a “normal” life, coming out of the woods and spending more of the year on the farm, connecting to and forming relationships, and then the birth of a child. Why does the author force Faina off the mountain and out of the wild? What do you believe that she was trying to convey.
Why does Eowyn Ivey end the novel the way that she did? Did Mabel finally get her child via the birth of the baby? Why doesn’t Faina name either her dog or her baby? What does a name signify that Faina couldn’t manage?
Finally, did you enjoy your time with the book and the characters? I do hope so.
We’re off to something entirely different next time!