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While reading this story, I had a lot of difficulty with the concept of time. I could clearly make out the present that frames the story but only because it was in present tense. However, there were so many backstories and moments of reflection to the past that I became easily confused and had trouble differentiating the far past and the near past.

I did notice that these disjointed connections to the past led me to a better understanding of the narrator. Although I couldn’t produce a timeline of the narrator’s life, I was able to see moments of the past that she connects to the present. It feels strangely natural to go from the wooded hills and wildflowers to her childhood kidney attacks to her father’s and grandmother’s deaths. Her memories, particularly how she remembers them, revealed more about her thoughts and feelings  than if she had listed them for us.

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