Grouping the stories – many of the stories have similar themes and meanings
In Your Shoes the writer suggests some things that the narrator does not tell the reader.
In Snowdrops there is a love story hidden.
In Chemistry there are hints of something going on in the background.
Mysteries Chemistry, Snowdrops and Your Shoes all contain mysteries, which are sometimes hidden.
Generation gaps Flight looks at the relationship between Alice and her grandfather.
In Superman and Paula Brown's New Snowsuit the narrator, as a child, looks to her parents for support but does not receive it.
Your Shoes - unhappy family Growing Up - the relation between a father and his two daughters.
In Chemistry a family spread out over three generations
Rites of passage
Flight Alice is growing up and moving on into a new life,
Superman and Paula Brown's New Snowsuit about a betrayal
Your Shoes a young woman's attempt to gain independence
In Growing Up recognition of his daughters' increasing independence
The End of Something the way love can come to an end
Chemistry and Snowdrops look at death, and moving on with life.
Sad and Happy
Sadness - mother in Your Shoes and the teacher in Snowdrops are sad because they have lost someone they love. story begins sadly but moves to a happy ending-
Flight the old man accepts his granddaughter's moving on, and marrying.
The End of Something is about a relationship that dies.
Flight – the homing pigeons compared with his granddaughter.
Chemistry – shows contrast between science and human attraction.
Growing Up – the garden of the people, the dog and two daughters