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This novel is the story of a working class detroit family. More specifically, it is the story of Maureen Wendell and her borther, Jules. As the book begins Maureen is young, beautiful, and determined to get out of the slums. Jules is also determined, but he sees crime as his way out. Their mother, Loretta was once young and beautiful, but by the age of sixteen she had gotten pregnant and lived the rest of her life fulll of regret. As the novel progresses we follow the lives of the Wendells, through failed schemes, and sucessful ones, marriages, births, and deaths. Like is never easy for the Wendells, but through everthything they remain proud romantics.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   depressed Time/era of story    -   1930's-1950's Poverty, surviving    -   Yes Kind of living:    -   general poverty story Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   5 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Midwest

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   impregnation/reproduction Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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