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April-May: Book of Unknown > Men & Women of the Book of Unknown Americans

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Cait K (medlibcait) | 99 comments What are some key differences in the way that the women in the novel respond to challenges of assimilation compared to the men? How does Alma’s point of view highlight these differences? (From Cristina Henríquez)

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Elizabeth Bilyk | 12 comments Men are focused on their role as provider. Women focus on providing a haven/home. Women work to comfort and even protect as they try to hide things from their husbands things that would upset them like Alma did.

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Cait K (medlibcait) | 99 comments I thought that it was interesting to read about that focus on providing a haven/home from Alma's perspective - specifically how we learn how isolated she is in the beginning, where in Mexico she had visits from friends and family, work in providing lunch for her husband, etc. - in America she sits at home, alone, for the entire day. However, once she does make a friend in Celia, she responds to the assimilation differently than her husband just because she has more time and resources to learn new things and make changes, where his focus on providing (obviously very necessary!) actually hinders him because he spends most of his days in the dark, not talking to anyone as he harvests mushrooms. Two very different, very difficult challenges!

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