Laelia Book Summary and Study Guide

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Atria, Jan 2004, 22.00, 224 pp.
ISBN: 0743466306

In Peoria, the three fifty something Cates sisters are in matrimonial crisis as they share the same home with one another and their respective spouses. It is not the relationships between the siblings that have tired Rebecca, Claudia, and Gracelyn. It is the constant duty caring for their husbands as each Cates sibling is bone weary with obeying for worse all the time.
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Sadly, the tired trio looks forward to a future with their men in nursing homes. Following a head injury Jake lost his ability to think; alcohol consumption has destroyed Timothy; Bernard is dying from bone cancer.

Following the dispatching of their male losers, the Cates sisters blossom as well as Rebecca's successful LAELIA orchid-growing business has. Though free at last, they continue to be God-fearing Baptists though now they must contend with abusive misogynist Pastor Wilson, who condemns the trio.

Fans of engaging contemporary character studies will appreciate this deep look at the graying of three African-American women.

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   2000+ (Present Day) Ethnic/Regional/Religion    -   Black people in America/Europe Family, caring for ill    -   Yes Who is sick?    -   husband because he/she is    -   physically ill Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes Woman's story?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   homemaker Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Black (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   3 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Midwest

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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