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Where No Gods Came
by O'Connor, Sheila
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1. "Where No Gods Came" is the story of a young girl caught in a complicated family relationship. Do you think O'Connor created a realistic portrait of a family in crisis?

2. The teachers and students at Cathedral dislike Faina. What do you think makes them feel so strongly about her? Did their opinion of her influence what you thought about her?

3. It's not clear if Bobby is Faina's biological father. Does this uncertainty matter to Bobby? To Faina? Why doesn't Cammy share her version of the story with Faina?

4. O'Connor uses four narrators to tell the story. What did you think of this technique? Did it help enhance the story to hear it from several perspectives?

5. What were your impressions of Jimmy? What did you think of his relationship with Cammy, and with Faina?

6. "Where No Gods Came" is set in 1974. How would the story be different if it was set in the present? What would be the same about Faina's life? What would be different?

Additional discussion questions from: University of Michigan Press
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