You Can't Go Home Again Book Summary and Study Guide

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Just before the great stockmarket crash of '29, George Webber moves from a small town in North Carolina to New York City, where he writes his first novel. Folks back home are thrilled he has based his novel on life in his home town, thrilled until they actually read the novel. Angered by the frank and direct descriptions of the town's faults and mannerisms, folks back home send nasty letters and make late night phone calls, ranging from polite chastisement to death threats. The fact that his book becomes a best seller only heightens the pain that George feels over his home town's new emnity toward him. George's experiences reveal a realistic and honest view of one man's struggle to find his place in life; he cannot go home again because nothing ever stays the same.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1930's-1950's Life of a profession:    -   writer Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Job/Profession/Status story    -   Yes

Main Character

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


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   5 () Europe    -   Yes City?    -   Yes Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee    -   very gullible, like Gomer Pyle

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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