|Plot Summary of Mel's Tree|
|"When Mark McCloud stepped off the plane to meet up with his siblings, he could never have imagined the reason he was called home. His only sister Melissa, had just committed suicide, leaving nothing but endless questions behind.
In the ensuing five days, Mel's brothers struggle with the loss of their sister while overcoming the obstacles left in her wake. Where will the youngest brother live? How will they help their mentally ill father cope with the loss of his only daughter? Most importantly, how will they learn to become the kind of family they each so desperately need?
As they mourn and go through the steps of planning the wake and finally burying their sister, the five brothers explain their role as branches that make up Mel's family tree.
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|Review Analysis of Mel's Tree|
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Time/era of story
- present (2000-2010)
Family, loving relations
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- Adult or Young Adult Book
Coping with loss of loved one(s)
- White (American)
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- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Strong but gentle sense of humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- average physique
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- 3 ()
- rotating 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
- No single main character?
Amount of dialog
- significantly more dialog than descript
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