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Walk Two Moons is narrated in the first person by its 13-year-old protagonist, Salamanca ("Sal") Tree Hiddle. This perspective gives the reader access to Sal's thoughts, emotions, and memories, as she describes the process of coming to terms with her mother's death by recounting the story of her friend, Phoebe Winterbottom, as well as a journey that Sal takes with her grandparents.
Walk Two Moons is narrated in the past tense except for the opening sentence and the final chapter, which are told in the present tense. The switch back to present tense in the book's final chapter conveys that the narrator, Sal, is no longer wrestling with the events of her past.
The title Walk Two Moons is an excerpt from a message left on the porch of Sal's friend Phoebe Winterbottom. The message is a spin on a common idiom—"walk a mile in his shoes." The variation, "Don't judge a man until you've walked two moons in his moccasins," also means that one should refrain from judging others unless one is in the same position. When the narrative opens, Sal cannot understand why her mother left her to go on a bus trip to Lewiston, Idaho. Over the course of the novel, Sal comes to understand the wisdom of this saying as she literally "walks two moons" in her mother's "moccasins" by going on a journey that retraces the bus trip her mother took. This journey brings Sal peace, understanding, and closure, as well as a heightened capacity for empathy. The references to moons and moccasins are also nods to Sal's Native American heritage, which shapes her understanding of the world.
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