When Sisterhood Was in Flower Book Summary and Study Guide

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Isobel Fairfax, a traditional conservative, has left her Deep South family home to "gather experience" for her intended career as a writer. She heads up north to Boston, where she observes (but cannot get involved in or even understand) the activism and hedonism of the late '60s with some amusement - until one day the wall dividing her apartment from her next-door neighbor's comes down and Isobel finds herself rooming with the world's most liberal feminist - Polly Bradshaw. Isobel is drawn to Polly despite herself, and they head off to set up a women-only commune in California. Along the way they take in a number of women from various walks of life and Isobel develops her writing craft (well, she goes from writing romance novels to writing explicit pornography). The book is truly, unbelievably hysterical, and a marvelously caustic commentary on the Era of Love, feminism, and life.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   upbeat Time/era of story    -   1960's-1970's Political/social activism    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   general liberal/left wing activism    -   women fighting for rights Life of a profession:    -   writer Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Job/Profession/Status story    -   Yes Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes Woman's story?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   writer Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   3 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast    -   Deep South    -   California City?    -   Yes City:    -   Boston Small town?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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