Setting

The setting of Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush could be any contemporary city because most of the action takes place within the apartment...

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Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush Literary Qualities

Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush is a skillful blend of realism and fantasy. A one-parent family, mental retardation, child abuse,...

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Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush Social Sensitivity

Hamilton handles skillfully issues not usually associated with young adult literature: sex, mental retardation, child abuse, and a fatal...

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Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush Topics for Discussion

1. Evaluate Vy as a mother. Consider her abuse of Dab as a child and the burden she places on Tree as a young girl. What are her redeeming...

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Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush Ideas for Reports and Papers

1. Read a classic for children that could be classified as a fantasy. Compare and contrast the literary elements with those found in Sweet...

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Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush Related Titles / Adaptations

The influence of past heritage and family unity are constant themes in Hamilton's work. M. C. Higgins, the Great is the story of a...

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Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush For Further Reference

"Biography, Virginia Hamilton." United States Board on Books for Young People, Inc., Newsletter 17.1.5 (1992): 5-6. The article...

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Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush Bibliography

(Literary Essentials: African American Literature)

Farrell, Kirby. “Virginia Hamilton’s Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush and the Case for a Radical Existential Criticism.” Contemporary Literature 31, no. 2 (Summer, 1990): 161-176. Argues that the novel’s “apparent celebration of black solidarity overlays a regressive vision of relentless sadistic competition.”

Guy, David. “Escaping from a World of Troubles.” The Washington Post Book World, November 7, 1982, 14. Guy comments that Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush “could vaguely bore me and utterly astound me within the space of a single chapter” and wishes that Hamilton would “release her remarkable...

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