Mary Morony, Author of the Apron Strings Trilogy

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  1. What is the significance of the title Apron Strings?
  2. Who had the power in the Mackey family and why?
  3. Does racism play a part in this novel? And if so how? How typical were the Dabneys’ attitudes?
  4. What are the different relationships Ethel has with the Stuart/Mackey families? How do they change over time?
  5. Why is change so terrifying to Ginny? Discuss the significances of change in Apron Strings?
  6. What does the novel Apron Strings say about family? Parenting?
  7. What does Joe Mackey represent?
  8. What were the social implications of Ethel’s choice? What do you think of her choice?
  9. In what ways were Carrie and Ben significant to the story? Was there a deeper agenda with Ethel?
  10. What is the novel saying about love? Is this a love story?