The Gin Girl Book Summary and Study Guide

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The narrator is a young half-Native American, half-White, woman named Mary. She comes back to her South Florida island home of Toliquilah after a three year absence. She is drawn back to try to find out who murdered her childhood love, a Native American named Joe Tompica.
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Her first unsettling discovery is that the investigating officer on the murder was Jimmy Cusler, a high school enemy to both her and Joe. She is afraid that he actually murdered Joe. Mary gets clues about Joe's murder from his friend, Esther, an elderly blind woman who milks snakes for a living. Esther speaks in riddles and dream language, so it is not clear how much she actually knows.

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   Dry-cynical How difficult to spot villain?    -   Moderately Challenging Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   30% Murder of certain profession?    -   chef/cook Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   solving long-past murder Kind of investigator    -   American Indian mystery Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   feelings towards family/friends Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   unemployed Age:    -   20's-30's


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Deep South Small town?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Unusual forms of death    -   perforation--bullets Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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