A TASTE FOR GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE

a chapter from
RAIN IS NOT MY INDIAN NAME

Warning: this page gives away some events and language from the novel.

Memory Ticklers

(1) What kind of summer job did Galen find for himself and Rain?

(2) Where does Rain go after leaving the cemetery?

(3) What do Aunt Georgia and Rain talk about in the garden?

(4) What does Rain write about in her journal while she's alone in the garden?

For Book Talks Or For Your Journal

mentors

Aunt Georgia is definitely a smart, caring woman. But in this story, she is also a real human being. She doesn’t know exactly what to tell Rain about honoring Galen’s birthday. She simply offers her faith and support. All of us have people whose belief in us makes our lives richer. Who are your mentors, your supportive loved ones? Can you think of an example in which the faith of such a person made a big difference to you?

memories

Rain remembers the tiniest details of her mother’s funeral, details about less significant days that might have passed from her mind. Do you have any days like that, where you can close your eyes and return to the moment, no longer how long ago?

mascots

On the roof, Rain tells Galen that she hates football and he agrees. Why do you think they say these things? How does it tie into grief for Rain’s mother and what’s going on inside the house?

Author Insights

My own mother is an amazing gardener. It’s her passion, her art, one of her many gifts to and from this world. When I thought of where Rain would go in this chapter, I knew that it had to be a garden and it had to be Aunt Georgia’s.

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