“I drove Rose to Mason City for her three month checkup.  We hardly spoke on the way there…Our plan was to shop a little after the hospital, then go to the Brown Bottle for dinner, but our unspoken agreement was that it all depended on the doctor’s appointment.”  Pg. 57.

This sequence of events between Rose and Ginny seemed to be a highlight of what is going on in multiple occasions throughout the book.  Although there are many different issues and confrontations that come up between many different people, it is often swept under the rug and the conversation is avoided even though it is very obvious.  Even with the  characters of Rose and Ginny who seem to be relatively close, the subject of Rose’s cancer is minimally brought up.  This action of hiding feelings and confrontations seems to bring about a lot of secrets and blatant thoughts behind the other person’s back.

Several topics throughout the character’s lives seem to be important events, but are rarely brought up.  It took 50 pages for the narrator to speak about the passing of the girls mother, despite the fact that family and parental roles are a vital theme of the book so far.  Larry and Harold having personalities of a closed book seem heavily influential on the rest of the characters.  I am waiting for the scene where at least one important issue is brought up with the group and brings some emotion the the story, because although there are interesting things going on, the book has not escalated that much.

I believe that there are several relationships between characters that have unspoken conflicts or issues that could and possibly will come about as the book progresses.  Obviously the issues between Larry and Caroline will continue to play a pivotal role in how he disperses his land.  I think as Jess and Ginny continue to dig into each other’s lives, an exciting scene may take place with them.  It seems as though Jess is inching his way towards making something happen between Ginny and himself, as he continues to open up to her.

Lastly, the secret of Ginny and her problems with pregnancy have begun to drift away.  I think that this problem and her frustration will be leading into what might become of her and Jess, or cause a problem between herself and Ty.  I think it will be interesting to see how that situation plays out and how the group, especially Larry, reacts to it.

Do you think that this flatness that we have discussed is purposefully leading towards some dramatic finishes?  Does the story of Ginny’s mother need to be properly and fully addressed to help complete the story?  What conflicts between what characters are the most important, and which ones look like they are going to impact the second half of the book the most?

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