The Secret Between Us


Author: Barbara Delinsky

Title: The Secret Between Us

Genre: Women’s Fiction/Women’s Lives

Publication Date: 2008

Number of Pages:343

Geographical Setting: United States,

Time Period: Present day

Series: No

Plot Summary: Deborah Monroe and her daughter Grace are driving home from a party on a rainy night when their car hits a man. However, this is not just any man, but Grace’s history teacher. Grace was driving the car, on a learners permit, and Deborah decides to take the blame, and the consequences, for the accident. The lie eventually begins to threaten the mother daughter bond. There are other issues also happening in the book, which make Deborah’s life very stressful. Her father is trying to hide a drinking problem, her son has medical issues, she only recently got divorced, and her unmarried sister has just announced that she is pregnant.

Subject Headings: Mothers and Daughters-Fiction, Alcoholism, Vehicle Accidents, Family Relationships, Teenagers, Guilt in Women, Deception, Psychological Fiction

Appeal: deliberate, steady, unhurried, dramatic, engaging, reflective, well developed, tragic family-centered, character centered, contemporary, small-town, heartwarming, simple, vivid

3 Terms that Best Describe this Book: Heartwarming, character centered, small town

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works:

Goldie Guttenberg- Speed Demon (a woman turns her car into a weapon with her daughter in the vehicle.)

Susan Cheever- Note Found in a Bottle: My Life as a Drinker (influence of alcohol on life and relationships)

Elizabeth Kendall- American Daughter : Discovering my Mother(memoir explores roles of women, as well as mother daughter bond)

3 Relevant Fiction Works

Kristin Hannah- Summer Island (similar feel to Delinsky’s books)

Kathleen Gilles Seidel- Summer’s End (family dynamics and small towns)

Patricia Gaffney- The Saving Graces (friendship and support in times of crises)

Name: Kathryn


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