Butterfield 8 Book Summary and Study Guide

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Gloria Wandrous is a golddigger extraordinaire in New York City during the depths of the Depression, circa 1931. She escaped a molesting uncle in the sticks and has made her own way in the big city ever since. When she tangles with prosperous businessman and Yale grad Weston Liggett, it's hard to tell who's leading whom. Other characters -- her friend Eddie, a cop; architect Paul Farley; other young men and women about town; and Liggett's wife Emily and teenage daughters -- fill out this cool, biting portrait of desperately gay times in a lean era.
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The review of this Book prepared by David Loftus

Gloria Wandrous is New York's ultimate playgirl--a professional escort in the down and out days of the Depression. O'Hara bitingly paints a portrait of despair in Gloria's life--from the minute she wakes up in a strange bed, to the moment her life ends. Based on a true story, men flock to Gloria--raped by her father figure as a child, her security with love is thin, though she continues to seek support from her friend Eddie, and her seducer Ligget. In the speakeasy culture of New York, sex and booze is all the rage, and yet Gloria's one real desire, love, only leads her to her death.
The review of this Book prepared by Angela Allan

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   depressed Time/era of story    -   1930's-1950's Life of a profession:    -   prostitute/stripper/porn Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Job/Profession/Status story    -   Yes

Main Character

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


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   5 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York Misc setting    -   resort/hotel

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   rape/molest Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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