Prizes Book Summary and Study Guide

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This book is about the lives of three different people and their professional and personal ambitions. Adam is a doctor who stumbles across a cure for liver cancer. His first wife is a cold woman, but he finds love again with Anya, one of his patients at his fertility clinic. Isabella is a child prodigy. Her father pushes her to excel and she graduates from high school when she is 13. She graduates from college at 16, majoring in physics. But her life is all about study, so her social skills are lacking when she meets up with charismatic Jerry, son of her college advisor. Sandy is also a brilliant doctor who goes into the field of gerontology. He starts studying aging when he realizes his beloved father is getting older. Though he once had a loving wife, he still can't get over the woman that he once loved in school, even though she would never even give him the time of day.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Marriage/Married    -   Yes Marriage subplot:    -   inconveniently married while playing footsy Making a living subplot    -   Yes Making a living:    -   attempting to get higher position    -   office romance among coworkers Struggling with whom?    -   Dad If one lover chases another...    -   they alternate Children/Pregnancy    -   Yes Family focus?    -   Yes Family, hating    -   Yes

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   doctor Age/status:    -   long lived adults Sex makes him    -   confused    -   a better lover    -   guilty

Main Female Character

Age/status:    -   long-lived adults Profession/status:    -   doctor/medical Effect of sexing    -   confident    -   a better lover    -   mature    -   scared


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast    -   California City?    -   Yes City:    -   Los Angeles    -   Boston Misc setting    -   scientific labs

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment What % of story is romance related?    -   50% How explicit is the sex?    -   vague references only    -   descript of kissing Focus of story    -   many multiple characters How much dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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