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Michael Chabon gave the description that Nicky’s grandfather wasn’t such a loving person. He states that when he would cut the pumpkin up that he was very efficient and didn’t at all like to get his hands dirty. I took this as maybe he wasn’t very playful with his son and didn’t do a lot of fun activities with him. This is why Nicky’s father relives this memory, because it may have been one of the few that he actually enjoyed.
The next father that Michael Chabon introduces is Nicky’s father. Nicky’s father shows affectionate towards his son, but he also possesses the ability to be stern. During the story you find out that he and his wife lost their little girl at the age of 17 weeks. Through the mourning of the death and trying to move on from the situation, Nicky’s mother suggests that Nicky and his father go pumpkin hunting for Halloween.
Nicky’s father took his son out with the intention of having him look for a pumpkin and bringing it back home. Not at all did he suspect to encounter anything more but indeed he did. Nicky and his father went looking for a pumpkin at as place that he describes as “a piece of land so devoid of life and interest that from January to October, I’m certain, no one sees it at all”.
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