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Homeland Homeland by Barbara Kingsolver dramatizes the everyday lives of many different characters spread around the United States From Northern California the urban Southwest the hills of eastern Kentucky the rural Midwest and the Caribbean island of St Lucia these 12 stories tell tales of poverty and the twin themes of family ties and the life choices that one must ultimately make alone The stories in Homeland all deal with the issue of poverty All of the characters of these 12 stories are living on the edge of poverty They have been knocked down so to speak but definitely not knocked out Each of these people are desperately struggling for descent lives which they accomplish in vastly different ways By incorporating poverty into the book Kingsolver was able to accurately describe what it really was like in those times Every story in Homeland is tied in with the two themes of family ties and life choices In the 5th story entitled Stone Dreams Kathy admits When it was all over there would be only Julie and me left standing in the desert not looking back 99 This statement demonstrates the meaning of family ties in which she gives up on her abusive husband and her rock-loving lover to be with her daughter Julie Kathy realizes that no one can make up for the love that is found between a mother and a daughter Also in Quality Time Miriam explains We dont even have time for that Rennie Were on a schedule today 65 This quote describes how tough having a single parent can be on a child Miriam is always on a schedule and never has enough time for Rennie her daughter until the end when she finally realizes that Rennie is more important to her than any of lifes other frivolous tasks I felt that Kingsolver brilliantly depicted Miriam as the typical single mom who is pressed for time and desperately
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