Southern Discomfort Book Summary and Study Guide

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In a small town full of sexist men, women are trying to prove themselves by building homes (without the help of men) for single mothers and other women in need. When a man know for his sexual promiscuity is found dead, and a girl is suspected of being raped, Judge Deborah Kezzie finds these atrocities are rather close to home: the girl is her niece Annie Sue, and the man is the married lover of Annie Sue's best friend. When Deborah's brother gets hospitalized for a heart attack and is found to have arsenic poisoning, the Judge, Annie Sue and her friends are suspected.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 50%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 30% Tone of story    -   Dry-cynical How difficult to spot villain?    -   Moderately Challenging Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   30% Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   character killed during/after sexing    -   Proving innocence of very obvious suspect Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   minority/women/gay rights Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   a lawyer creature Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Deep South Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch:    -   farm Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee    -   dumb rednecks, like Gomer Pyle

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Unusual forms of death    -   poisoning    -   crushed Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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