Peyton Place Book Summary and Study Guide

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The book centers around several small town people. One is an aspiring writer who idiolizes a father she never knew. One is a victim of abuse by her father and neglect by her mother. Throughout the book there are small town themes; rich vs. poor, sex, and small town prejudice. The characters all struggle with defining who they are in a time when the roles of men and women were changing.
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The review of this Book prepared by sarebear

Two or three sentences isn't really enough because a lot of plot exists in this book, but the main thread revolves around a girl who is raped by her father, becomes pregnant, gets an abortion, accidentally kills her father, and defends herself in court. There are other plot threads that intertwine. Think "Pulp Fiction".
The review of this Book prepared by Chris Shirley

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   upbeat Time/era of story    -   1930's-1950's Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Family, struggle with    -   Yes Struggle with:    -   Father (or standin) Kind of sex:    -   incest    -   rape Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes Taboo sex story?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   journalist    -   writer Age:    -   a teen    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American) Unusual characteristics:    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   8 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee    -   very gullible, like Gomer Pyle    -   hostile, like Gomer Pyle on steroids Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   licking    -   impregnation/reproduction    -   Vagia talk!    -   Weiner talk! Lot of foul language?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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