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Illumination Night focuses on six main characters: a couple (Vonny and Andre) who is facing marital problems, their son (Simon) who has trouble growing, their elderly next door neighbor (Mrs. Renney), her granddaughter (Jody), and a giant (Eddie). Jody comes to Martha's Vineyard to take care of her sick grandmother. She and Eddie fall in love, even though they both know that there is little hope of a future for them. Jody's parents disapprove, so she runs away to Eddie's. Also, five-year-old Simon must face the death of his best friend. He, Vonny, and Eddie all blame themselves for it. As the novel progresses, Vonny is forced to overcome her fear of leaving her home, with the help of her husband. Throughout the book, all of the characters grow and form relationships, causing them to learn more about life and the world around them.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Family, caring for ill    -   Yes Who is sick?    -   Grampa/ma because he/she is    -   physically ill Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Age group of kid(s) in story:    -   high school Something wrong upstairs/downstairs?    -   searching for identity/meaning Parents/lack of parents problem?    -   rebelling against parent's expectations Wild kid(s)?    -   runaway!

Main Character

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


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   9 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Island?    -   Yes Island:    -   Atlantic Ocean Island 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    -   licking    -   actual description of hetero sex    -   Vagia talk! Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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