|Plot Summary of What's a Birthday, Mama?|
|"Little Peggy's childhood, mired in the squalor of a small town in the 1940's, is dominated by her father, a volatile, abusive alcoholic who seems to relish beating both her and her mother when sparked by drunken rages. Driven by an inner sense of motherly responsibility for her equally neglected brothers, she is forced to steal or forage for food in garbage dumps, and while she yearns for a sister, ironically it would be one more mouth to feed. Soon she realizes that her mother is constantly becoming pregnant and either aborting or killing the newborns, which she demands that Peggy bury. Discovering a girl baby, the spirited young girl seizes it, thereby saving her sister's life.
Pegi Handley, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of What's a Birthday, Mama?|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Kids growing up/acting up?
- trouble in high school
- trouble in grade school
- parental abuse
The difficult family member
- disapproves of life choices
- is mentally ill
Period of greatest activity?
Subject of Biography
- emotionally unstable
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
- American (!)
How sensitive is this person?
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Strong but gentle sense of humor
- Average intelligence
- average physique
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 7 ()
- climbing on trails
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- explicit references to deaths
Book makes you feel?
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- descript. of nude males (the big P)
- rape/molest (yeech!)
- actual description of hetero sex
- main character services as prostitute
- a lot of flashback and forwards
Writer's slant towards subject:
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of nearly entire life
- More 6-10 B&W
How much dialogue in bio?
- significantly more descript than dialog
How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?
- 26-50% of book
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