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I really liked the way Strout was able to convey a message without directly stating it. “The fact that their newly backed scent did not touch off a queasiness in her, as they had two times in the past year, made her sad…” (31) This lets the reader know that Patty has had two miscarriages in the past year without it being directly stated.

I also like the way Strout develops Olive’s character as she invites herself into Kevin’s car without even second guessing to ask if it was okay. And she also bluntly speaks about his business with his mother’s death, without considering his feelings.

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