Getting Life Book Summary and Study Guide

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Left 15 years in a nursing home, Emily Mason is "accidentally" neglected into a hospital and meets a doctor who realizes she is more than a "vegetable." Gradual awakening to the world leaves her with the dilemma: institutional life, or a modicum of independence? New friends, new experiences, it can all seem like too much. But Emily's humor and toughness gives her the edge for survival. "Getting Life does an incredible job of acknowledging too often unheard voices...This is an excellent novel, the kind all of us writers aspire to produce. (Steven Brown, Disability Culture Institute,
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Ethnic/Regional/Religion    -   American Midwest Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes Brain/Body disability?    -   mental illness Woman's story?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Age:    -   20's-30's


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   9 ()

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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