Study Guide

Year of Wonders Family

By Geraldine Brooks

Family

If you look at Year of Wonders through the lens of family, then—well, you're going to get bummed out. Real Talk™. Anna Frith, our heroine, loves her family more than anything in the world, which makes it painful beyond belief when she loses her husband and two sons over the span of a year. Without her family, a fundamental piece of her identity is missing. How does she recover? How does she gather the strength to move on?

Questions About Family

  1. Does Elinor wish that she had children? Explain your answer.
  2. Why is it so important to Anna to be a mother?
  3. Does Anna make peace with the memory of her father? Explain.
  4. Does Aphra love Anna as a stepdaughter? Why or why not?

Chew on This

Motherhood is important to Anna because she gains fulfillment from caring for others.

Anna makes peace with her father's memory by considering all of the trauma that made him the often-cruel person he was.

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