Hard Laughter Book Summary and Study Guide

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Jennifer and her brothers must cope with a brain tumor which is killing their intelligent writer father. The tumor causes the father to lose his command of language, something that he and Jennifer (an aspiring writer) have always valued. The novel details Jennifer's attempts to find meaning in life - not to mention a job and maybe a boyfriend - while coming to terms with the gradual loss of her father. This story is based on the author's own experience with her sick father.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Family, caring for ill    -   Yes Who is sick?    -   Father because he/she is    -   physically ill Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   writer Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   6 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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