|Plot Summary of Shifting Through Neutral|
|"Shifting Through Neutral shows a middle-class black family in 1970's Detroit through the eyes of young Rae Dodson. Her father is disabled by crippling migraines and her emotionally-distant mother is popping Valium when her older half-sister, Kimmie, returns from New Orleans where she vanished years ago to live with her father, their mother's one true love. Kimmie's return stirs in Rae a desire to understand her splintered family, to understand the mixed blessings of coming being a girl, and to find what freedom truly means to her. But, when Kimmie's father comes for them, Rae is forced to confront the price of freedom and define the kind of person she wants to become."
Jennifer Martin-Romme, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Shifting Through Neutral|
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Tone of book?
Time/era of story
Inside culture (main char)
Family, caring for ill
Who is sick?
because he/she is
- physically ill
Family, loving relations
Special relationship with
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Outside culture (society)
- American Midwest
- a kid
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- average physique
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 3 ()
- dirty, grimy (like New York)
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- actual description of hetero sex
- a lot of flashback and forwards
Amount of dialog
- significantly more descript than dialog
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