What We Keep Book Summary and Study Guide

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As Ginny flies to see her sister and her mother--from whom she has been estranged 35 years--she reflects back on the circumstances which changes their lives forever. The reader is led into a story of housewives and dinner parties, expectations, and denial. When an attractive, flashy, single woman moves into the house next door to Ginny's, things begin to make less and less sense.
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The book asks the question, what deeds are too much to forgive? Are there circumstances which exist that don't apply to the code of behavior we all silently agree to? Is it possible to let go of anger and hurt after all this time?

The review of this Book prepared by Alicia Cathers

Chapter Analysis of What We Keep

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1930's-1950's Family, struggle with    -   Yes Struggle with:    -   Mother (or standin) Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Age:    -   a kid


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   3 () Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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