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The Quarry introduces Maudie Hegerty, whose son, Boris, is foreman of the local quarry. Boris is not only facing the threat of labor problems, he is trying to come to terms with the colon cancer that is killing his mother and his growing love for his mother's doctor, Jessica Malloy. In the course of her work, Jess befriends Woodhill Fire Department first-aid officer Eli Sheffler, who becomes her steadfast friend through events that threaten everything they hoped would be in their future.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1930's-1950's Action/suspense subplot?    -   Yes Who is...    -   physically ill Family focus?    -   Yes Family, sick/caring for    -   Yes

Main Male Character

Age/status:    -   20's-30's

Main Female Character

   -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   doctor/medical Effect of sexing    -   confident    -   blissful Unusual characteristics:    -   Very shy


Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death What % of story is romance related?    -   50% How explicit is the sex?    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   actual description of sex Focus of story    -   many multiple characters How much dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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