This first-person novel is highly autobiographical. One possible thesis might be to examine the language and style of the book, and how its intelligence and grace is an interesting contrast to the ignorance and lack of education that surrounded the protagonist/author during her childhood. In other words, how does the book's form comment on its content? How does the intelligence of the narration enlighten the reader about the stereotypes that exist surrounding poor rural communities? Does the first person narration inspire the reader's sympathy towards the narrator?