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Lana and Eve are sisters, raised by a mother whose past has coated them with self-doubt, anger, and mental illness. As the oldest, Lana has played the role of caregiver to her baby sister and their middle brother, Curtis. Her volatile relationship with her mother has also created a tough, often cold twist in her personality. She has denied her loving husband the children he has begged for throughtout their fourteen-year marriage. The revealing of the secret surrounding the abortion of her only pregnancy contributes to a change of heart in the thirty-four-year-old photographer.
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Eve has been coddled all of her life and has grown into an anxious, often depressed, dependant adult. She gives way when her delusion that her unborn child is a boy is proven wrong.

Freedom from their mother's past comes in the form of life for one sister and death for the other.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   2000+ (Present Day) Family, struggle with    -   Yes Struggle with:    -   Mother (or standin) Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Pregnancy/Child rearing    -   Yes Major part of story:    -   to abort or not abort

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   artist Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Black (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   4 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Deep South

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   licking    -   impregnation/reproduction    -   lesbians!    -   actual description of hetero sex    -   Boob talk!    -   Vagia talk!    -   Weiner talk!    -   rape/molest Lot of foul language?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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