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Walter Eberhart decides to move his family to Steford, a small town, to escape the violence of New York City; his wife, Joanna, is not happy with the decision to move. Stepford seems like an ideal place to live, but the women in Stepford are extremely subsurvient to their families.There's a good reason why, as Joanna and her new friend Bobbi find out, and their lives are in danger from those who love them the most-their husbands.
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Joanna moves to the small town of Stepford with her husband and two children. She is a city type woman with a great interest in women's lib. Soon it becomes obvious that something is not quite right with the women of
Stepford. Everywhere that Joanna turns, she is presented with the epitome of the perfect housewife and she has a feeling that the secretive Men's Assocation may be the cause. It appears to her that strong-willed women are
being replaced with a "June Cleaver type" after they return from weekend getaways with their spouse. With very few allies, Joanna strives to find out the truth before she loses her mind or becomes one of the Stepford Wives.

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 30% Tone of book    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Repressive society story    -   Yes Repressive because:    -   controls your mind Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Who's a slave/repressed?    -   women are slaves

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   homemaker Age:    -   20's-30's

Setting

Earth setting:    -   20th century Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   some scientific explanation Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   descript of touching personal anatomy How much dialogue?    -   significantly more dialog than descript    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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