|Plot Summary of Aliens in America |
|"In the novelization of Sandra Tsing Loh's one-woman show, "Aliens in America", the author examines growing up in a mixed race household located in the suburbs of Los Angeles, a place of hope and hospitality in post-World War 2 America. The daughter of a miserly Shanghai-born father and an optimistic German-born mother, Sandra recalls dangerous, but cheap family vacations to Ethiopia, battles with pre-adolescent bulge, awkward explorations of love and sex, and her father's search for a new wife after her mother passes away. "
Michelle Yusuf, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Aliens in America |
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Kids growing up/acting up?
- general coming of age story
Ethnic/Relig. of subject (inside)
- immigrant story
If this is a culture clash:
- family young v. old guard
ethnic of society (outside)
- American (west coast)
Period of greatest activity?
- Big city
Subject of Biography
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
Biography of famous person?
How sensitive is this person?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Strong but gentle sense of humor
- Smarter than most other people
- average physique
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 9 ()
Kind of Africa:
- Black Africa
- Los Angeles
- fort/military installation
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Is book humorous?
If humorous, kind of humor
- eccentric personalities
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references
- descript. of female anat. (the big B's)
- descript. of female anat. (the big V)
Commentary on society?
- a lot of play on words
- a lot of flashback and forwards
Writer's slant towards subject:
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of set of events during life
If this is a kid's book:
- Age 14-16
How much dialogue in bio?
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?
- 0-25% of book
How much is philosophy rather than life story?
- 26-50% of book
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