fiction classics historical challenging reflective slow-paced

229 pages | first published 1992

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In the winter of 1926, when everybody everywhere sees nothing but good things ahead, Joe Trace, middle-aged door-to-door salesman of Cleopatra beauty products, shoots his teenage lover to death. At the funeral, Joe's wife, Violet, attacks the girl...
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Moods

reflective 69%
challenging 62%
emotional 56%
dark 42%
sad 28%
mysterious 18%
tense 17%
hopeful 14%
inspiring 7%
funny 4%
relaxing 4%
informative 2%

Pace

medium 56%
slow 37%
fast 5%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 84% | A mix: 15%

Strong character development?

Yes: 56% | It's complicated: 33% | No: 8% | N/A: 1%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 62% | No: 23% | Yes: 13%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 84% | It's complicated: 8% | No: 5% | N/A: 1%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 90% | It's complicated: 6% | No: 3%

Average rating

3.83