1. What parallels, if any, does Frazier draw between Ruby and Stobrod’s, and Ada and Monroe’s relationships? Why are father-daughter relationships so important in the novel?

2. Inman’s experiences at Junior’s house are among the novel’s most mysterious and unsettling. Why does Frazier present such a savage picture of mountain-dwellers? Doesn’t this view of mountain folk seem to support the judgmental views of Charleston society about those who live close to the land?

3. Despite his distasteful moral code, Solomon Veasey’s animation and humorousness make him a particularly human character with whom it is hard not to identify. Why does the author present the preacher in this way, and how does this presentation affect the novel’s moral tone?