At a glance:
- Author: Marijane Meaker
- First Published: 1978
- Type of Work: Novel
- Type of Plot: Social realism
- Time of Work: The mid-1970’s
- Setting: The small, bayside tourist town of Seaville in Upstate New York
- Characters: Buddy Boyle, Skye Pennington, Frank Trenker, Nicholas DeLucca
- Genres: Long fiction, Social realism, Novel
- Subjects: 1970's, Family or family life, United States or Americans, Class conflict, Adolescence, Teenagers, Love or romance, Race, Middle classes, Class consciousness, Ethnic groups, Upper classes
- Locales: United States, New York, North America
Form and Content
Gentlehands is the mild yet effective tale of a teenager’s first experience with love that leads him to a disturbing discovery about his maternal grandfather’s involvement in Nazi war crimes. Set in the mid-1970’s in Seaville, New York, the story is a timeless one in that people have always allowed themselves to be isolated from one another by such self-imposed barriers as money and race. While M. E. Kerr offers readers a frank portrayal of human intolerance and prejudice, few would find the tone of the book to be sermonizing.
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