The Fifth Child Book Summary and Study Guide

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A middle-class couple becomes social parasites living off the money of his father to be a happy, perfect family living in a mansion paid for by the father. All goes as "planned" with their first four children but with the pregnancy of the fifth child the mother turns psycho and the child becomes a "freak" to the family. It is a constant struggle between the main family and the extended family on how to go back to normal with a weird child.
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The review of this Book prepared by Stephen Futral

Harriet and Her husband have five kids her fifth child is a pain. She is torn between a child destroying her family and love for her child.
The review of this Book prepared by Christopher M

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   depressed Time/era of story    -   1960's-1970's Family, struggle with    -   Yes Struggle with:    -   Son Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Pregnancy/Child rearing    -   Yes Major part of story:    -   general child raising

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   homemaker Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)    -   British Unusual characteristics:    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   4 () United States    -   Yes Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   sinister, like an X-Files Gomer Pyle

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   impregnation/reproduction    -   Boob talk! Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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