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Young Patrick Dennis, orphaned at the age of 9, is sent to live with his only living relative: his father's sister Mame, a free-spirited bachelorette in New York City. He arrives at Mame's during Prohibition, and the story follows his life with Mame through his college years. Although Patrick narrates the story, Mame is the real main character.We follow her through flapper parties, the Crash of 1929 (where she becomes a shopgirl at Macy's and meets the love of her life), her marriage and the long life after marriage. Throughout the story, her main objective is to prevent Patrick from being turned into a stuff shirted stockbroker or banker by the executor of his parent's estate! Which is a battle, since this banker controls the money Patrick's parents left him and is determined to make Patrick a "pillar of society".   Beginning with free school and continuing through sabotaging a disastrous engagement, Mame manages to instill in Patrick a bright and accepting spirit which is open to the world.
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Everyone should have a Mame in his/her life! If you don't just read this book and you will feel as if you do!
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   humorous Time/era of story    -   1930's-1950's Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Family, loving relations    -   Yes Special relationship with    -   aunt Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Age group of kid(s) in story:    -   grade school Parents/lack of parents problem?    -   orphan story

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   wealthy Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   6 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast    -   Deep South City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York Small town?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   impregnation/reproduction Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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