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Twenty year old goes to work on Grand Coulee Dam in the mid 1930s. Falls in love with a dope smoking taxi dancer. She finally gives up dope and moves in with him. Due to tragic circumstances she goes back to dope and leaves him. He looks for her, but never finds her. His best friend is killed by a rival. Years later, he returns to Grand Coulee, it is now a ghost town, but the dam is a promise of a bright future amid a dead past.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1930's-1950's Making a living subplot    -   Yes Making a living:    -   working ordinary lives Is really...    -   a criminal (possibly) If one lover chases another...    -   he chases after her

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   laborer/blue collar Age/status:    -   20's-30's Sex makes him    -   mature    -   a better lover

Main Female Character

Age/status:    -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   prostitute Effect of sexing    -   a better lover Unusual characteristics:    -   Frigid - would not even feel a jackhammer down there


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Pacific NW Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   hostile, like Gomer Pyle on steroids

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths What % of story is romance related?    -   40% How explicit is the sex?    -   actual description of sex    -   Vagia talk    -   rape/molest (yeech!) Focus of story    -   equally on him and her How much dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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