Dolores Claiborne Book Summary and Study Guide

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On a hot July day in 1963,while a total eclipse of the sun darkened the skies over the central portion of the state of Maine, Dolores Claiborne's drunkard, abusive husband mysteriously plunged into a well and was killed. The authorities and everyone else on Little Tall Island thought Dolores had killed the man but no charges were ever brought. Then, thirty years later, Dolores is once again suspected of involvement in the death of a rich woman for whom she worked. When she realizes that she must explain things this time, Dolores confesses to some dark and horrible acts. Acts which are normally inexcusable, but which just may be justified this time. A dark and terrible tale of violence, abuse and incest. A tale of just how far a woman will go to protect the things she loves.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of story    -   very upbeat How difficult to spot villain?    -   Somewhat obvious Time/era of story:    -   1960's-1970's What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   50% Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   servant Age:    -   40's-50's


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Island?    -   Yes Small town?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very gorey descriptions deaths/dead bodies Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references    -   touching of anatomy Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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