The Brooklyn Follies Book Summary and Study Guide

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Nathan Glass has decided to go to Brooklyn to die. His marriage has fallen apart, and his daughter will not speak to him anymore. He feels very much alone. Until, one day, he walks into a quaint little used bookstore only to meet Tom, his long lost nephew that he has not seen in years. Tom fills Uncle Nat in on the family, and how he has not heard from his sister Rory in years. Tom also introduces Nat to Harry, an ex-convict who also happens to be Tom's boss and the owner of the used bookstore. Tom is also fed up with life and hopes to change that with the help of Nathan.
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One morning Tom wakes up to find his 7 year old niece, Lucy, on his doorstep and wonders where Rory is. Alas, Lucy will not speak a word and only chooses gestures to answer his questions. When the dilemma is brought up to Nathan, they decide Lucy would be better off living with another of Tom's relatives. Tom and Nathan decide to drive the miles together with Lucy as they both feel it would be inappropriate to raise her themselves. Somehow they never make it to the other sibling's house, but manage to stop at an inn which they both fall in love with. This stay at the inn will change both Tom's and Nate's life when they return back to Manhattan within a few days.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   humorous Time/era of story    -   2000+ (Present Day) Family, loving relations    -   Yes Special relationship with    -   uncle Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   unemployed Age:    -   60's-90's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Jewish


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   5 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee

Writing Style

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

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