|Plot Summary of Girls Of Tender Age|
|"Girls of Tender Age is Mary-Ann Tirone Smith's autobiograpical retelling of the origins of her family. The tells how her italian side and french candaian side came to be; her aunts and her uncles; her autistic brother; her adoring hard working father; and her possibly psychic mother. It's a chaotic and loving family that grew up in a housing project in the hard, post World War II era. Into this history of her family lurks a sinister serial killer named Bob Malm. The book's narrative shifts from Mary-Ann telling her story of life in Connecticut and of Bob's growing up, being adopted and going into the service where he couldn't supress his desire for little girls. Bob is sentenced to one year in prison for attacking a young girl and upon his release attemtps to do the same but only gets probabtion. Amazingly, this didn't stop Bob's attacks on women as he attacked a seventeen year old girl and the police trump up robbery charges and put him in prison for 7-10 years. In between the narrative shifts Smith's father gets a promotion and her mother gets a job and its time period that the bond between her and her autistic brother Tyler is shown. though he has a job and a clean work record Bob still lurks at night, eventually getting into Smith's quite neighborhood where Malm's and Smith's stories clash."
Bobby Blades, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Girls Of Tender Age|
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- criminal (general)
Subject of Biography
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How sensitive is this person?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Cynical sense of humor
- Average intelligence
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 4 ()
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- explicit references to deaths
Is book humorous?
If humorous, kind of humor
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- actual description of hetero sex
- a lot of stream of consciousness
Writer's slant towards subject:
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of nearly entire life
Is this a biography of several people?
If this is a kid's book:
- Age 16-Adult
How much dialogue in bio?
- significantly more descript than dialog
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