|Plot Summary of The Accidental|
|"A family is on holiday in Norfolk. The woman, Eve, is a writer who suffers from writer's block. Michael is an English Literature teacher who has affairs with a lot of his female students. Magnus is Eve's 17 year old son. He is very depressed because he played a prank on a girl in school which lead to her committing suicide. Astrid is a precocious 12 year old at the beginning of getting her pubes.
One day a person walks into the home, Amber. Michael thinks she comes to interview Eve, Eve thinks she is one of Michael's students. She becomes friends with Astrid. One evening she finds Magnus in the bathroom where he is trying to hang himself.
All of their lives are really changed by Amber's coming. The story is told from the viewpoint of each family member, and a little of it from Amber's viewpoint.
Esther Punselie, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Accidental|
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Tone of book?
Time/era of story
- present (2000-2010)
- actions leading to death of someone
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
How sensitive is this character?
- middling 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?
- 4 ()
Small town people:
- nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references
- No single main character?
Amount of dialog
- significantly more descript than dialog
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