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Right as Rain


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Reading Group Guide

1. Right as Rain follows Tee Wee and Iceys friendship from their first meeting until the scene between them at the end of the novel. While they love and support each other, theirs is a relationship fraught with competition. In one scene their anger incites them to an actual physical battle. Is this friendship realistic? How does it compare to the relationships of modern women?

2. What impact does the civil rights movement have on each of the

characters, especially the African-American characters? How would

their lives differ today had they been born post-civil rights movement?

3. The author of Right as Rain is white. However, the majority of the

voices in the novel are those of African Americans. How well did she

depict those voices? In what passages did she fail or succeed?

4. Many of the conversations between Ruthie and Dimple center on

sex and religion. How do their views differ? To what do you attribute

their dissimilar views on sexuality and God?

5. Crow is one of the most complex characters in Right as Rain. She is

determined to leave Parsons Place and, after the death of her cat, vows

never to love anyone or anything. Yet, she falls in love with Browder,

seemingly against her will. How and why does she recant her earlier

feelings? Is this consistent with her character?

6. Much of Part Three is devoted to J.P.s trial. Considering the era

and J.P.s race, did you expect the verdict to be guilty or not guilty? To

what or whom do you attribute the verdict? Is it a realistic one?

7. Ruthies relationship with Dennis is problematic throughout the

novel. Trace the development of that relationship beginning in high

school. Why did Ruthie marry Dennis? What factors contributed to her

staying in an abusive relationship for so many years?

8. The mother-daughter relationships in Right as Rain differ greatly

between the African Americans and the Parsonses. Characterize and

contrast the interaction between Tee Wee and Crow and Mrs. Parsons

and Ruthie.

9. Browders obsession with films and Crow begins in puberty. Yet he

marries Missy and takes over the farm after his father dies. Do you see

Browder as a weak character or do you consider his actions noble?

Why? Would his relationship with his father change if the novel were

set in recent times and, if so, in what ways?

10. At the end of the novel Icey and Tee Wee have become business

partners. Do you think this partnership will succeed? Why? What do

you foresee happening between them as they grow older?

11. If Crow had told Browder about her pregnancy, how would he

have reacted to this news?

12. The bond between Ruthie and Tee Wee is sustained throughout

the novel. Trace the development of their relationship from Ruthies

childhood to J.P.s going-away party. How does their relationship change?

How does it remain constant?

Product Details

Marshall, Bev
Ballantine Books
Historical fiction
Race relations
General Fiction
Literature-A to Z
Family saga
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Trade paper
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8.00x5.34x.98 in. .73 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , The acclaimed novelist's new work traces 20 years of an unlikely friendship between two black women alongside the white family who employs them--set mid-century in America's rural South.

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