|Plot Summary of The Writing on the Wall|
|"One September morning, Renata witnesses the destruction of the Twin Towers from her stance on the Brooklyn Bridge. In the wake of this communal disaster, Renata peruses missing person posters, cares for an orphaned baby, and rescues an obviously confused, distressed teenager from the streets, becoming convinced this is her missing niece, daughter of her dead twin sister. Hovering in her mind at all times is her boyfriend, Jack, the first man she's ever dared feel deeply for, who is busy delivering donated food, clothing, and shelter to those directly affected by the terrorist attack. Also lying in wait on the fringes of her subconscious is her mother, safely ensconced in a halfway house where she's lived since depression after the drowning death of a daughter and accident/suicide of her husband. Not a happy family. Renata must decide whether to allow the sorrow of her past to taint her with pessimism or to choose to commit to a man she suspects of being inherently good."
Andi Diehn, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Writing on the Wall|
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Tone of book?
Time/era of story
- present (2000-2010)
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
War/Revolt/Disaster on civilians
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
- Smarter than most other characters
- average physique
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- almost none
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 7 ()
- New York
- rude people
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- explicit references to deaths
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references
- descript of kissing
- a lot of play on words
- a lot of flashback and forwards
Amount of dialog
- significantly more descript than dialog
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