How do I write a thesis for Dorothy Allison's Bastard Out Of Carolina for a 9 page essay?

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A good thesis for a paper on almost any work of literature would involve discussing how the work is effective and/or ineffective as a piece of writing. For example, your thesis statement might be something like this:

Dorothy Allison's novel Bastard Out of Carolina is an effective piece of writing because of its memorable characterization, its vivid imagery, and its lively dialogue.

Other elements you might discuss could include such aspects of almost any novel as plot, pacing, setting, and detailed phrasing.