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All Souls: A Family Story from Southie
by MacDonald, Michael Patrick
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1. Southie was portrayed as a very close-knit community, where people lived by a code of honor that kept them connected to each other. How did these connections lead to some of the situations faced by the MacDonald family?

2. What did you think of Michael MacDonald and his family?

3. Fathers and positive male role models are hard to find in this book. Why do you think this is? How does their absence affect the people of Southie?

4. Class and race are key themes in "All Souls." How do these tensions play out in Southie, and in the MacDonald family?

5. Were you familiar with the busing of students in Boston before you read this book? How did the busing affect Southie, and the rest of the city?

6. What do you think helped MacDonald avoid some of the dangers of Southie that damaged and killed so many others?

Additional discussion questions from: Random House
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