What is the basic situtation of the story Whirligig?



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Brent causes a car accident which kills a girl.  He agrees to the suggestion made by the girl's mother as a repayment for the girl's life.  The mother has asked that Brent travel to the four corners of the United States and build a whirligig which displays her daughter's face.  A whirligig is a contraption that has moving parts which move with the wind--it may or may not be designed to act also as a sort of windchime.

Brent changes dramatically from a selfish and self-centered young man to a young man who is re-evaluating his priorities as he travels, meets strangers, builds whirligigs, and thinks about his life.  The reader goes through this change with him, making this book a truly unforgettable piece of literature.


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