The Assistant Book Review Summary

Detailed Plot Synopsis of The Assistant

Morris Bober is a poor Jewish grocery store owner living in New York City following the end of World War Two. He, his wife Ida, and his daughter Helen struggle to make ends meet at the store. In an attempt to stay afloat financially, Morris rents out an upstairs room of his store to Frank Alpine.
Alpine is around Helen's age and Morris is nervous providing him with a room, but decides to let him stay. While Morris is struggling in a money-minded profession, he is also concerned with the welfare of his daughter.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1930's-1950's Life of a profession:    -   businessman, small Inside culture (main char)    -   Jew Poverty, surviving    -   Yes Kind of living:    -   general poverty story Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Job/Profession/Status story    -   Yes Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   small businessman Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Jewish


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   2 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   Boob talk!    -   rape/molest Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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