|Plot Summary of Queen of the Big Time|
|"Nella Castellucas is an Italian-American girl living on a farm outside of Philadelphia in the early 1900's. She longs to go to high school and be a teacher. However, she must quit school at 15 to help support her family. She goes to work in a blouse factory. At 16, the owner of the factory taps her to be a forelady, because she is so smart and hardworking. She falls in love with the smartest and most goodlooking boy in town, but he leaves her to pursue his dreams elsewhere. She marries a man who works with her in the factory. They save their money and open up a blouse factory of their own. When her husband dies at 50 years old, she realizes that she has worked too hard all her life. She sells the factory and moves back to the farm.
The book gives a description of what it was like to grow up in an Italian-American community.
Susanna Marlowe, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Queen of the Big Time|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Tone of book?
Time/era of story
Inside culture (main char)
- immigrant story
Kind of living:
- general poverty story
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Outside culture (society)
- American Northeast
- small businessman
- long lived adults
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How sensitive is this character?
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Very much smarter than other characters
- average physique
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- a moderate amount
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 6 ()
Small town people:
- nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references
- descript of kissing
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
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