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Quote #1

If there's one thing a Southerner knows, it's their family tree. (9.12[3].130)

Judging by some of the folks we meet in Gatlin, those family trees have some pretty gnarled roots.

Quote #2

"We're gifted, just like some families are smart, and others are rich, or beautiful, or athletic." (9.15.88)

Don't be embarrassed if your family doesn't fall into one of these gifted categories. Shmoop's doesn't either.

Quote #3

It was starting to feel like we were taking about just another crazy Southern family. [...] The Ravenwoods had been around as long as any family in Gatlin. Why should they be any less crazy? (9.15.90)

Every family has its dysfunctions. You probably know someone with an uncle living in the basement or with a shape-shifting brother, right?

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