|Plot Summary of Parting Gifts|
|"In the story,Kyra Latimer loses her husband early on to a freak accident. She is numb with depression, and can't imagine how she will move on beyond her grief.
Everything quickly changes though from there, when a young woman appears. She has a small abused boy in tow with her. And she claims that Kyra gave her up for adoption 16 years ago, and that Jesse is her grandson. Kyra, knowing this is not true, yet sees the boy's obvious neglect, agrees to keep Jesse.
As it turns out after adopting Jesse, Kyra finds he is no ordinary child. He becomes quite ill suddenly, and the problem he faces is the worst news possible. Kyra is then forced to face a very hard choice, and that is whether or not she should honor the life-or-death decision on her son."
Boppy, Resident Scholar
|"On the day of Kyra's husband's funeral, a young woman claiming to be the daughter she gave up for adoption twenty years before shows up with her little boy. Believing Kyra is the boy's grandmother, she insists on leaving Jesse with her. Knowing she cannot be related to this woman or her child, Kyra nevertheless takes the boy and a powerful relationship develops between them. When Jesse becomes seriously ill, both Kyra and the boy are forced to make exceedingly difficult decisions."
Charlotte Vale Allen, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Parting Gifts|
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Tone of book?
Time/era of story
Kids growing up/acting up?
Family, caring for ill
Who is sick?
because he/she is
- physically ill
Family, loving relations
Special relationship with
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
- White (American)
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Strong but gentle sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- average physique
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 4 ()
- mostly 1st
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references
- a lot of play on words
- a lot of stream of consciousness
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
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