Shadows of a Down East Summer
Shadows of a Down East Summer takes place in August, a few months after the events in Shadows at the Spring Show left Maggie unsure about adoption, and unsure about her future. A quiet vacation in Maine, a year after Shadows on the Coast of Maine, sounds like what she needs to feel refreshed and ready for her fall semester. This summer she'll be staying with Will at his Aunt Nettie's home in Waymouth – although in separate bedrooms!
Questions and Topics for Discussion
Do many families have legends, stories, and myths which are important to the family's image of itself?
Neither Anna May nor Jessie told what happened to them on Prouts Neck. They dealt with it in their own ways. Why? How often do you think that happened in the past? Which girl was most successful in hiding her secret? Today we are much more open about such circumstances … would young girls in their situation today ever consider their solutions?
Do you think Anna May really loved Luke, or was she just jealous of Jessie?
On the other hand, Maggie has wanted to be a parent, and Will doesn't want to do that. Either caring for a child or for an elderly relative would make major changes in their lives – individually or together. What do their feelings about these issues have to say about Maggie and Will as individuals? About the future of their relationship?
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