What's a road trip? Well, it's a trip that people take in a car (on roads), where they usually stop at different places along the way and do some sightseeing. Sometimes it involves delicious snacks and games that have to do with license plates. Who goes on road trips in this story?
You guessed it: Sal and her mother. But separately.
Even though they go to all the same places, Sal and her mother are on very different journeys. Sal's mom is seeking to find herself, to get a better understanding of who she is, besides a wife and a mom. Sal, on the other hand, is going on a journey to say goodbye while following in her mother's footsteps. There are all kinds of deliciously symbolic, interconnected things going on here, so we'll leave you with some questions to get the juices flowing:
We're seriously asking, Shmoopers, so tell us what you think.