All God's Creatures Book Summary and Study Guide

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Belle Books, Nov 2004
ISBN: 0967303583

In 1960 Memphis teenage debutante Margaret Evans decides to attend veterinary school over the objections of her family especially her mother who wonders if her rebel daughter hates her by going for a career with animals. At school, Margaret finds many of her professors detest human females in their classes and openly display their hostility to drive her and the only other human female student, Elizabeth “Eli” Schlieber, out of school. The two women persevere and become friends.
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Maggie, who changes her name to McLain, and Eli open up a joint practice in the Cleveland, Tennessee area where they slowly persuade the pet lovers, horse breeders, and livestock owners that they know what they are doing. Life moves on with success in their practices while Maggie marries and raises a family.

Change the gender and place Dr. Herriot in the south to give readers a perspective of this tale. Yet that description feels inadequate as Dr. Herriot never dealt with the sexism from her family, teachers, peers, and clients that Maggie and Eli contended with on a recurring basis. ALL GOD'S CREATURES is an account of a woman pioneering in a field that is now loaded with women doctors
Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1960's-1970's Political/social activism    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   women fighting for rights Life of a profession:    -   veterinarian Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Job/Profession/Status story    -   Yes

Main Character

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


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Deep South

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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