On the first page of Educated, we are introduced to the mountain in rural Idaho where the Westover family lives, which is described as a dark, beautiful, and commanding form in a "jagged little patch of Idaho." How does this setting inform the family's experience?

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This extract from the Prologue immediately immerses the reader into the world of the Westover family. And, as the above lines make clear, it's a very small world indeed—a world created by Tara's father. All of his stories were about the Westovers' mountain, their valley, and their jagged little patch of Idaho. That's because this part of the world was all Mr. Westover ever knew, and if he had it his way, it would be all his family ever knew.

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