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Discussion Questions

Animal Dreams

1. Why are Hallie and Codi different? What happened that caused them to take such different life paths? How and why does Codi change? Why does she become more engaged with the world?

2. One theme of the novel is the relationship between humans and the natural world. What does the novel have to say about the difference between Native American and Anglo American culture in relation to nature? How do creation stories, such as the Pueblo creation legend and the Garden of Eden story, continue to influence culture and behavior?

3. How do you feel about Doc Homer? What kind of parent was he, and why? In what ways did his strange point of view serve as a vehicle for the novel's themes of memory, amnesia, and identity?

Animal Dreams
by Barbara Kingsolver

  • Publication Date: June 21, 1991
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial
  • ISBN-10: 0060921145
  • ISBN-13: 9780060921149