Ally's maternal grandfather; he's been dead for about a year at the start of the novel. He loved collecting coins and also loved Alice in Wonderland. Ally has his old copy of the book, which has large print and she hopes to read one day. She named her sketchbook the Sketchbook of Impossible Things after Alice in Wonderland. Ally thinks about her grandfather often. He was a wise man who was very involved in his grandchildren's lives, and he also moved with Ally's family whenever Dad was reassigned.
Grandpa Quotes in Fish in a Tree
The Fish in a Tree quotes below are all either spoken by Grandpa or refer to Grandpa. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin edition of Fish in a Tree published in 2015.).
Chapter 6 Quotes
“Well,” the guy says, “if you know anything about coins, you know that a coin with a flaw in it is far more valuable than a regular coin.”
Something isn't right with it and it's worth more?
Grandpa Character Timeline in Fish in a Tree
The timeline below shows where the character Grandpa appears in Fish in a Tree. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 4: Bird in a Cage
Chapter 6: Triple-Sided Coin
Chapter 7: No Grandpas Here
Chapter 11: Scrambled Egg
Chapter 20: Is This a Good Thing?
Chapter 29: Fish in a Tree