Please read Vuong’s autobiographical novel and respond to the topics assigned. 1. Vuong is a poet. Discuss his use of poetic imagery—you might focus on animal imagery (why is the narrator named Little Dog) or any other that you find compelling. 2. In what ways did Little Dog’s grandmother’s and mother’s trauma affect their relationships, both with each other and Little Dog? How did it affect Little Dog’s childhood? Do you think that Little Dog’s mother’s actions are redeemable? 3. Discuss how Vuong describes work—work in the nail salons and the work in the tobacco field. What does it tell us about life in the U.S.? 4. Compare the love and struggles of Trevor and Little Dog.