I don’t read much present-day fiction, so I’m pretty obsessive about the little that I do read. Thomas Harris’ three novels (‘Red Dragon’, ‘The Slience of the Lambs’ and ‘Hannibal’) are among my favorites.
I may be remembering this incorrectly – I can’t find my copies of ‘SOTL’ and ‘Hannibal’ to look it up.
In ‘SOTL’, Clarice discusses the death of her father. She tells Lecter about it, and reveals further that her mother had died when she was very young. So Clarice was sent to live with a relative in Montana, and (after subsequent events) the Lutheran orphanage in Bozman, MT. I believe these chronologies were indentical in both the novel and the movie (is this correct?)
But I also remember in the novel ‘Hannibal’ that Clarice described the financially strained life that followed her father’s death. She recalls cleaning rooms in cheap motels with (IIRC) her mother. These memories were recounted during the therapy sessions conducted by Lecter late in the story.
I guess my question is: who died first, Clarice’s mother or her father?
Harris is known for his meticulousness, so I suspect there’s no contradiction, and that I’m remembering something incorrectly. What’s the straight dope?