Kramer Versus Kramer Book Summary and Study Guide

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Ted Kramer thinks he's got the perfect life. He's got a beautiful wife, an adorable son, and a job selling advertising space in a magazine.
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Then one day, Ted's world falls apart. His wife Joanna leaves him with barely a word, complaining that being his wife and Billy's mother was too boring for her and that she had to 'find herself' once more.

Confused and distraught, Ted is left to pick up the pieces. Slowly, he begins to develop a real love and relationship with his young son, doing whatever he can to keep his own world going for his boy.

Even when he loses his job, or his ex-wife's parents come over to make sure he feels just as inadequate as possible, Ted keeps going, and eventually, he and Billy make it through.

Even his in-laws approve of the world he has created, and for the first time in a long time, Ted and Billy Kramer are happy.

Then something happens that changes it all.

Joanna Kramer comes back on the scene, new boyfriend by her side, new lawyer on the phone, and a mind made up to win back custody of the son she'd signed away.

Now, Ted faces the greatest challenge of his parenthood, the fight for the son he'd grown to love so much.

Avery Corman's novel is a punchy, modern, yet thoroughly sincere story of a father's love and dedication, and the special bond between a parent and their child.

Corman masterfully pulls the strings to form a deep empathy between the reader and the protagonist, as readers join him as he defeats hurdle after hurdle for the son who can't understand but loves him with all his heart.

The story builds dramatically as crisis after crisis is placed before Ted and his son Billy until it reaches its climax in the cold courts of law in the case of Kramer vs. Kramer.

Real, honest, and completely heartwarming, Kramer versus Kramer is a sensitively crafted exploration of a marriage that falls apart and the lives that go on nonetheless.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Kind of romance:    -   marriage/relationship going to pieces Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Pregnancy/Child rearing    -   Yes Major part of story:    -   custody fight

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Age:    -   40's-50's


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   2 ()

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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