|Plot Summary of From The Heart Of Covington|
Dunne, May 2002, 23.95, 352 pp.
The three sixty-something friends (Grace Singleton, Hannah Parrish and Amelia Declose) share a farmhouse in Covington, North Carolina. The trio also once shared the belief that life is over except for waiting to die for the geriatric set. However, the farm provides a cleansing and renewal of spirit for the threesome. Amelia turns to photography and shows plenty of talent. Hannah creates a thriving greenhouse. Grace turns to cooking.
However, not all is perfect. Hannah's daughter Laura barely survived a hurricane that destroyed her boat home and left her severely injured mentally and physically. She moves in with the three elderly women while she struggles to recover. Grace learns she suffers from diabetes, but cannot yet cope with that knowledge. Amelia knows her troubles pale in comparison, but her new thirst for life is in jeopardy as she frets that no one seems to want her photos beyond her immediate friends.
Fans of the Covington novels will enjoy the third tale though in many ways it is repetitious of the previous plots in which the three women confront age with its problems by renewing their lives with so-called youthful undertakings. The story line is fun while providing the message that no one is old if their young at heart, clearly encouraging the audience to do not act as spectators as someone else's life flashes by. FROM THE HEART OF COVINGTON is a well written modern day novel that showcases Joan Medlicott's ability to dramatize people's plights while inspiring readers to live life filled with zest and to the fullest.
Harriet Klausner, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of From The Heart Of Covington|
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Tone of book?
Time/era of story
- present (2000-2010)
Family, caring for ill
Who is sick?
because he/she is
- basically "out of it"
- midlife crisis
- vague finding self/purpose in life (i.e. no plot to book)
- nature of existence (heavy philosophy)
- family young v. old guard
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- White (American)
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Strong but gentle sense of humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- average physique
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 6 ()
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death
- a lot of flashback and forwards
- No single main character?
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
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