55 pages 1 hour read

Anna Quindlen

After Annie: A Novel

Fiction | Novel | Adult | Published in 2024

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Essay Topics


Discuss the structure of the novel. How does the seasonal motif emphasize the various stages of grief? Does the progression through one year accurately reflect the full process of mourning? Support your answer with examples from the text.


What does the novel suggest about the nature of family bonds? How are the Brown family’s connections to each other tested by tragedy, and how do they overcome this challenge? Examine at least three specific examples to support your analysis.


How does the novel criticize the euphemisms and platitudes that people often employ to broach the subject of death? How do such customs affect those who are grieving?