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Ernest Rambler’s family lives with the knowledge that Ernest senses that he must always be looking for or moving to a better job, which means they will be moving again soon. The stories place the characters in Indiana, Illinois, Kansas, Arkansas, and Louisiana. None of the characters seems to find a sense of permanence in any one place. In “Ramblers and Spinners,” coming of age can mean a counting of losses. In “A Wide Day,” the death of a chicken reveals a mystery about time and life and death. “Arrangements” and “Harmony’s Song” display how little one might know about another. There is a general sense that everything in life involves unending pursuits of security and love and that coming of age may well be a never-ending process.

 

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