|Plot Summary of Veronica: A Novel|
|""Veronica" is primarily told in flashbacks. Alison, the main character and narrator of the story, runs away from home as a teenager. She meets a man who tells her she could become a model. She does so, and is whisked away to Paris, where she becomes the lover of her agent. But she falls out of favor and returns home, almost broke, because the agent kept most of her earnings. Her family takes her in for awhile. She wonders what is happening with her sisters and parents; her mother has moved out and is living with another man. Later, Alison enrolls in community college but drops out. She goes to New York City where she becomes a proofreader for a temporary employment agency. On one of the jobs she is sent out on, she meets Veronica.
Veronica is a middle-aged woman, who claims to have been beautiful once, much like Alison. The two women become friends, but it is more of an acquaintance thing than anything else. Veronica contracts HIV from her bisexual boyfriend, who eventually dies from the disease, and Alison tries to be there for Veronica as the illness takes its course.
The book takes place in the early 1980s, when AIDS was believed to be a gay man's disease and that women couldn't get it."
Keri, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Veronica: A Novel|
Our unique search engine provides a wealth of detail about books by breaking them down into many different literary elements, all of which are searchable (click here).
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Coping with loss of loved one(s)
- good friends
- White (American)
How sensitive is this character?
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
- Average intelligence
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 2 ()
- New York
- Los Angeles
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references
- a lot of flashback and forwards
- a lot of stream of consciousness
Amount of dialog
- significantly more descript than dialog
Click here for more information about this book
Mary Gaitskill Resident Scholar Profiles|
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
Use our site!
17 FREE Sci-Fi Ebooks!
FREE "How to be happy" Ebook!
Most recent discussions:
General Book Talk
Book writing discussion
Off-topic message board
George W. Bush
Graham D. Watson
Joanna L. Stratton
Thomas Kinkade and Katherine Spencer
General Discussion (All Topics)
Aline Countess of Romanones
Lilian Jackson Braun
More message boards