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Young and beautiful Alice Adams comes from a poor family, but she thinks herself clever and has ambitions of marrying a wealthy man or finding a career on the stage. She meets the socially prominent Arthur Russell and they fall in love. Afraid of his possible reaction, she schemes to keep Arthur from meeting her family, but eventually he does meet them at a dinner party an their relationship is ruined.
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The nagging ambitions of Alice's mother get her father and brother involved with a disastrous business venture causing the family great financial difficulty. At last Mrs. Adams is forced to run a boarding house to support the family. Alice ends by deciding to enter business school.

The novel is a commentary on social climbing and snobbery.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   humorous Time/era of story    -   1900-1920's Poverty, surviving    -   Yes Kind of living:    -   general poverty story Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   unemployed Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   5 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Midwest

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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