When FLOOD becomes food: fried chicken, cornbread, sweet tea, potato salad, ham and pickle sandwiches, deviled eggs, and blueberry pie. Pairs well with smart conversation. Thanks for inviting me to dish!
1. Why is it so hard for Laura to return to Hannibal? Can you ever really go home again?
2. What role does Ms. B, Laura's high school teacher and the writer of the Tom & Becky manual, play in the larger narrative? Why is she important to Laura's journey?
3. What does FLOOD illustrate about the issue of class in rural America?
4. How does Samuel Clemens' leaving Hannibal parallel Laura's story? How does distance shift perspective?
5. How did you react to the reunion with Sammy?
6. Does the Tom & Becky Program represent opportunity for the young residents of Hannibal or reinforce socioeconomic, class, and racial barriers?
7. Why is Mark Twain's literature and social criticism still relevant?
8. Have you ever had a "All right, then, I'll go to hell" Huckleberry Finn moment that was morally right but socially wrong? Do you agree or disagree with Laura's final decision?