|Plot Summary of Handstands in The Dark|
|"The story is set in 1960's-70's Glasgow. The East End is protrayed as having near Dickensean poverty in Janey's life. She struggles with child sexual abuse from her uncle and copes with family struggles which are hard to take at times. She has a dog which becomes her constant companion, and grows up to marry into a gangster family who introduce her to a new level of violence.
She witness's her mothers boyfriend rapidly deteriorate and escalate into a deeper violence, this results in her mother's murder. Janey then stays strong working in the family pub, gives birth to a daughter and struggles to yet again keep her family together in the face of violence in a bar where guns and threats can be deadly."
Daniel Patterson, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Handstands in The Dark|
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Kids growing up/acting up?
- molestation--unpleasant gift from Daddy
Kind of living:
- general poverty story
Subject of Biography
- a kid
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How sensitive is this person?
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Smarter than most other people
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 8 ()
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Book makes you feel?
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- rape/molest (yeech!)
Commentary on society?
- justice system
Writer's slant towards subject:
- very favorable
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