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1. In two of the stories, “Annabel’s Mother” and “The Red Coat,” Macy writes about a woman’s conflicted relationship with her domestic help—a nanny and a cleaning woman, respectively. What do you think a woman’s relationship with her help says about her as a person?

2. In “The Secret Vote,” a young woman raised Roman Catholic reacts with distaste to the idea of a gay couple having a child with a surrogate mother. But the story ends with the young woman herself having an abortion. What is Macy saying about the woman’s perspective? Is it hypocritical?

3. Unlike the United Kingdom, America isn’t supposed to have true class distinctions, yet these nuances play an important role in Spoiled. Why do you think that is?

4. Are there moral lessons that can be taken from the ways the women in these stories behave? Do you think these stories are meant to be cautionary tales?

5. The women in most of these stories are well-off, some of them very well-off. Why do you think they aren’t happier?

6. The subjects of several of the stories (“Annabel’s Mother,” “Bad Ghost,” “Spoiled,” “Bait and Switch”) are parents and their children, or parental stand-ins—nannies, friends’ mothers, a girl’s riding instructor—and their charges. Do you think a spoiled child makes for a spoiled adult?

7. This book came out in the middle of a global financial meltdown. How do you think the characters would be doing in today’s financial climate?

8. What does it mean to be spoiled?

Product Details

ISBN:
9780812971729
Author:
Macy, Caitlin
Publisher:
Random House Trade
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Random House Reader's Circle
Publication Date:
20100831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8 x 5.13 x 0.5 in 0.6 lb

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"Synopsis" by , In this sophisticated and provocative story collection, acclaimed author Macy turns her unsparing eye on well-heeled thirtysomething women who, despite their education and affluence, struggle to keep their footing in their relationships with their friends, spouses, and children.
"Synopsis" by , A young woman does a good deed for her nanny, only to have it go horribly wrong. A newly married woman struggles to gain the upper hand with her self-assured cleaning woman. An anxious woman desperate for an authentic experience makes a rash decision to leave the grounds of her Moroccan luxury hotel. In this sophisticated and provocative story collection, acclaimed author Caitlin Macy turns her unsparing eye on well-heeled thirtysomething women who, despite their education and affluence, struggle to keep their footing in their relationships with their friends, spouses, and children—not to mention their help. Full of surprising, sometimes shocking insights and brimming with outrage and compassion, Spoiled is a remarkable collection from a boldly talented writer.
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