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   Going Home tells the bittersweet tale of bi-racial love and violence. It touches on many of the problems afflicting society today: drugs, poverty, crime, lack of a clear sense of purpose and the widespread loss of religious values.
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   John Bowden returns home following the mysterious death of his only brother. Pamela, an African-American who is a former schoolmate, greets him at the bus station and from that moment on, the two begin to form a close relationship. She tells him that his brother was involved in a drug ring and wanted out, but her brother Frank had refused.
   To escape the pain of this mystery and of the cancer that eats away at Pamela, the two journey to a beach house, where they spend a few quiet days uncovering the past.
   After they are brought word that Pamela's father has suffered a heart attack, they rush home to discover the death of her father and Frank pillaging their home.
   In a fast-paced and violent ending, the themes of the story fall into place and the story ends with a heart touching finale.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   very sensitive (sigh) Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Ethnic/Regional/Religion    -   Black people in America/Europe    -   American South Other aspects:    -   story of the poor Family, struggle with    -   Yes Struggle with:    -   Brother Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes Lover is    -   of a different race (interracial loving!)

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   unemployed Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Black (American) Unusual characteristics:    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   10 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Deep South Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   hostile, like Gomer Pyle on steroids

Writing Style

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

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