|Plot Summary of In Her Presence: A Husband's Dirty Secret|
|"This is the story of a young, desperate, rich Negro mother and her children, and her courageous teenage daughter in the south in the 1950's.
Maebelle Hawkins, a young, pretty, divorcee, moves to Derriene Crossing with her heart set on finding the perfect husband. When Rufus Poygoode, a well-to-do, good-looking farmer proposes marriage, she feels her life has come full circle.
But it is a marriage awash in deception. A few weeks after their union, her fantasy world crashes and burns. She shivers when Rufus Poygoode places the cold black metal gun against her nose and calls her Olga Berry, the name of his surrogate mother, for whom he carries a vendetta. No amount of defense convinces him she is not the estranged daughter of his surrogate mother. Crushed by cruel and unusual hatred, Maebelle Hawkins resigns herself to a mere stare of simply existing. Then their daughter Tara Poygoode grows up.
Tara Poygoode is pleased that she has her mother and father's good looks. But she hates him for the humiliation, cruelty, and power he wields over her large family. When she learns that her father won't allow her to attend college, that he is intent on tying her life to the land forever, she vows to take control over her destiny, and rescue her family."
Nancy Weaver, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of In Her Presence: A Husband's Dirty Secret|
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Tone of book?
Time/era of story
Family, struggle with
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- emotionally unstable
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How sensitive is this character?
- mean, arrogant
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- very athletic
- a teen
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- throughout most of the book.
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 2 ()
- Deep South
- fancy mansion
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- explicit references to torture
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- rape/molest (yeech!)
Amount of dialog
- significantly more dialog than descript
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