|Plot Summary of My Sister Jill|
St. Martin's, Apr 2003, 22.95, 224 pp.
During World War II, Jack Wheatley was a Japanese prisoner of war for three and a half years. When he was released he went home, but was never the same. Since coming home, he and his wife Martha have six children. As the children grow up Jack is mentally abusive towards his family members while Martha is somewhat negligent being too tired to do more than care for her spouse. The oldest child, Jill raises the other five kids.
Over the years, each child finds his or her own way to avoid dad. Jill battles her father at times, but mostly hides in books and later in anti-war movements and sex. Johnnie, perhaps the recipient of the most abuse, is weak and sleeps away life. May designs clothing on any scrap of paper she finds. The twins Door and Mouse lean on each other. Only Christine can reach Jack as she loves his war stories, but even she often fails when he becomes obstinate and hard.
MY SISTER JILL is an insightful look at a dysfunctional family in which the father never fully recovers from his war years so the children suffer the consequences. The story line engages the reader who empathizes with the plight of the children, but scorn Martha for behaving pathetic and helpless in protecting anyone including herself. Thus the audience receives a taut heart wrenching character study that provides a powerful look at a family in trouble.
Harriet Klausner, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of My Sister Jill|
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Tone of book?
Time/era of story
- present (2000-2010)
Kids growing up/acting up?
- struggling to earn a living to survive
Family, struggle with
- Father (or standin)
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Age group of kid(s) in story:
- high school
Parents/lack of parents problem?
- parental abuse
- guy chasing
- small businessman
How sensitive is this character?
- hard edged
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- average physique
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 4 ()
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death
- a lot of flashback and forwards
- a lot of stream of consciousness
- No single main character?
Amount of dialog
- significantly more dialog than descript
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