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The Distant Barking of Dogs: Discussion Guide

Discussion Prompts: Family

Oleg’s mother has died, but his grandmother acts as his caretaker. His cousin Yarik seems like a brother. How do you think the armed conflict has deepened these bonds?

Oleg’s family is not a typical nuclear family. Are there people in your life beyond your immediate family who have stepped in to play supportive roles? What is the importance of these kinds of bonds? How do these bonds help Oleg and the other characters withstand the war?