|Plot Summary of Hard Laughter|
|"Jennifer and her brothers must cope with a brain tumor which is killing their intelligent writer father. The tumor causes the father to lose his command of language, something that he and Jennifer (an aspiring writer) have always valued. The novel details Jennifer's attempts to find meaning in life - not to mention a job and maybe a boyfriend - while coming to terms with the gradual loss of her father. This story is based on the author's own experience with her sick father."
Janine Peterson, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Hard Laughter|
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Tone of book?
Time/era of story
Family, caring for ill
Who is sick?
because he/she is
- physically ill
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
- White (American)
How sensitive is this character?
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Cynical sense of humor
- Average intelligence
- healthy but a geeky weakling
- natural phenomena
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- a substantial amount
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 6 ()
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Sex in book?
- a lot of stream of consciousness
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
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