Gravesend Light Book Summary and Study Guide

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An anthropologist, Joe Madden, returns to his family's summer home to study the quaint village life. He signs on as a fisherman and plays an ambiguous role in local politics and friendships. Joe's love affair with a feminist doctor has unforeseen complications. Lots of issues are undecided when he sails off into a storm that threatens to be his last. Now the book is a real pageturner, although the well-developed characters and powerful evocation of place will have the reader hooked from early on.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   upbeat Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Poverty, surviving    -   Yes Kind of living:    -   general poverty story Strong "rags to riches" component?    -   Yes Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   scholar


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Water?    -   Yes Water:    -   drowning Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   actual description of hetero sex Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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