|Plot Summary of In My Father's House|
Reverend Phillip Martin is a pillar of strength and rectitude in the small Louisiana town of St. Adrienne. He has led the fight for civil rights in the parish. One day, about 1970, a young, bearded and unkempt stranger who calls himself Robert X shows up in town for a meeting with the Reverend. When the two men meet, the young man's burdens come crashing down on both of them, and the Reverend Martin is forced to travel back into his wild and woolly past, to try to make some amends. This 1978 novel is a quieter, more measured tale than some of Gaines's other novels, but no less deeply felt.
This synopsis report prepared by David Loftus
|Chapter Analysis of In My Father's House|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Tone of book?
Time/era of story
Inside culture (main char)
Family, struggle with
- Father (or standin)
- family young v. old guard
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Outside culture (society)
- American South
- religious figure
- Black (American)
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 4 ()
- Deep South
Small town people:
- nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee
- hostile, like Gomer Pyle on steroids
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references only
- descript of kissing
Amount of dialog
- significantly more descript than dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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