I was pondering the title -- why "Po-on"? Why not "Rosales" or "Journey", since most of the book is concerned with those? Po-on itself only makes a brief appearance at the beginning, and then everyone has to pack up and get the hell out.
Then I realized that this is rather a silly question for me to ask, who am moving back to my family's old stomping grounds. I think that once you bond to a certain location, you can't get it out of your blood. I've wanted to come back to Ohio for years now, though when I first left I was chomping at the bit to get out. Istak's family, being forced to leave quickly, had to carry Po-on with them. They had no chance to leave the place behind or sever ties smoothly. Almost anywhere they settled would put them in mind of Po-on, whether through similarity or, more strikingly, through dissimilarity.
At the movies - in the living room
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