Chapter Five

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“A Good Man is Hard to Find” by Flannery O’Connor can be found in A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories (Harcourt).

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“The top one in the pile is a young-adult fantasy novel in which the main character is dead.” – There are several possibilities here. It could be Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver, for instance. But I strongly suspect A.J. is referring to Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin.

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“Pequod’s… the second nicest seafood restaurant on Alice Island” is also the name of Ahab’s whaler ship in Moby-Dick by Herman Melville. The Queequeg, Pequod’s signature cocktail, takes its name from the character who saves Ishmael’s life.

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The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

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The television show, True Blood, is based on the Sookie Stackhouse Novels by Charlaine Harris.

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“a charming memoir about motherhood, scrapbooking, and the writing life, written by a Canadian poet.” — This is invented. However, an excellent memoir that partially fits this description is Paradise Piece By Piece by Molly Peacock.

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L.A. Confidential by James Ellroy

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Juiced by Jose Canseco

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“a latter-period Philip Roth novel” – for example, Everyman.

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The name Olenska comes from the novel, The Age of Innocence, by Edith Wharton.

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The Children in the Apple Tree by Daniel Parish is as real as its author. However, for a time, it was the working title of my second adult novel The Hole We’re In.

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Caligula is an infamous biopic about the Roman emperor Caligula.

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“a bobblehead of Hermione Granger,” the heroine of Harry Potter, can be purchased at various online retailers, though she is getting hard to find.

The OED is the Oxford English Dictionary.

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“a picture book with topiary animals” is Grandpa Green by Lane Smith.

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From the Mixed-Up Files of Ms. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg.

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Puddleglum, Amelia’s one-eyed tabby cat, gets his name from the marsh-wiggle in the Narnia books by C.S. Lewis.










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One thought on “Chapter Five

  1. Children in the Apple Tree is an image from T.S. Eliot’s poem, “Little Gidding.”
    “And the children in the apple- tree
    Not known, because not looked for
    But heard, half- heard, in the stillness
    Between two waves of the sea.

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