Lily of the Valley Book Summary and Study Guide

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Since she was a child, Lily Wilk has wanted to be an artist. But by her late thirties, she's still forced to supplement her existence with trivial jobs - painting supermarket windows, designing T-shirts for tourists, and other tasks that hardly allow her to utilize her full artistic potential.
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To make matters worse, Lily's husband Jack has just returned to his ex-wife - taking his son, Little Ted, with him. Going above and beyond most stepmothers, Lily had fully welcomed Little Ted into her home and heart.

One day, Lily receives an unexpected phone call. Mary Ziemba, the most successful businesswoman in town, has heard of Lily's talents, and wants to commission her for a special project. From a boxful of old photographs, Lily is to draw a portrait of Mary and her father, sister, brother, husband and son, as they appeared during the best times of their lives.

As she begins working on Mary's portrait, Lily learns from the stories of Mary's full life, detailing the journeys upon which her family members embarked, as Mary herself arrived in America as a poor Polish immigrant, working her way to financial success with a local supermarket chain. The more she becomes engrossed in the joys and failures of Mary's family, Lily begins to worry about capturing them exactly as they should be, and develops a block.

Lily forces herself to complete her work. By the time the portrait is complete - and Lily suddenly discovers what the TRUE reason for its commission was - she also understands that the concept of "family" is far more complex and all-encompassing than she'd ever imagined.

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   2000+ (Present Day) Life of a profession:    -   artist Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Struggle over    -   lack of a boyfriend/girlfriend/squeeze Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Coping with loss of loved one(s)    -   Yes Loss of...    -   child/children Job/Profession/Status story    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   artist Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Eastern European


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   2 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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