Small Ceremonies Book Summary and Study Guide

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This is the story of a year in the life of one woman, Judith Gill. She is an expert at analyzing the relationships between people because of her profession as a biographer, and through this particular year she struggles to understand the changing relationships with those in her family. Her children are growing up in a new era with desires she doesn't understand, her husband is often distant and not as contemplative as is she, and she spends a tremendous amount of time trying to understand the world and her place in her social circles. The novel is full of flash backs to the infancy of her children, her life as a newlywed, and other memories of her own past which she analyzes in attempting to understand her present situation without making significant value judgments.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes Woman's story?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   writer Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   6 () The Americas (not US):    -   Yes The Americas:    -   Canada

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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