On Green Dolphin Street Book Summary and Study Guide

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Mary van der Linden moves from London to Washington DC. She is married with Charlie, who works for the British Embassy. They have two children, Louisa and Richard.
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At a party she meets a journalist, Frank Renzo.
Frank and Mary are falling in love with each other. Meanwhile Charlie must face the pressure of his work, the pressure of the Cold War and the pressure of the presidential race between Kennedy and Nixon... Charlie starts to drink a lot. Mary makes up an excuse for Charlie so she can stay in New York. There she rents a hotel room so she can meet Frank whenever she wants...
It is all in the sixties. Think for instance of jazz parties, men wearing a suit and a hat, the great American economy...
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1960's-1970's Marriage/Married    -   Yes Marriage subplot:    -   inconveniently married while playing footsy Inner struggle subplot    -   Yes Disability or addiction?    -   alcohol

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   journalist Age/status:    -   40's-50's

Main Female Character

   -   40's-50's Profession/status:    -   homemaker Unusual characteristics:    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Southeast Asia Africa    -   Yes Misc setting    -   fort/military installation

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment What % of story is romance related?    -   80% How explicit is the sex?    -   vague references only    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   Boob talk    -   Vagia talk Focus of story    -   Her How much dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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