While there are parallels in Miles's and Anna's lives prior to their meeting, there's a key distinction as well. In the "present," Anna is completely transformed. Physically, she's a different person, but emotionally as well. In the main part of the story, she's withdrawn. She feels invisible in her own home and connects with only one other person. But in the opening scene, she's an open book, completely exposed and revelling in the simple moments and joys life has to offer. She's grown significantly, but Miles seems to be pretty much the same. Hurd isn't saying that Miles had already matured. He's exploring the notion that Anna has had to do so in order to survive and thrive. Read Full Review
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