The book includes introduction, plot overview, analysis of major characters, complete summary, and critical analysis. It is not the original text of the novel. It is a study aids book for students and teachers.
When the book was published, it gained popularity overnight and most of the reviews were highly positive. The book has continued to gain popularity since its publication and it has never gone out of print up to this day. The book has received several literary awards and nominations.
The story revolves around the reunion of two childhood friends, Clare Kendry and Irene Redfield. It also describes how their fascination with each other’s lives continues to grow with the progression of time.
The novel has an omniscient third-person narrator; however, Sophie is also the narrator of the story. She is a little orphaned girl who happens to be living in an orphanage in England at the beginning of the story.
The story primarily revolves around a family, the Bradshaws, who are dependent on the father of the family, Truitt Bradshaw. He has a crabbing and fishing business. His fishing boat is called ‘The Portia Sue.”