The Visibles Relation To Time Period

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The Visibles vs. late 20th and early 21st century The visibles is one of Sara Shepard’s less popular books written in 2009. The time setting in the book is from 1998 to 2003. When introduced to the concept that DNA defines who we are and forever ties us to our relatives, Summer Davis clings to the idea like a life raft, allowing her to feel connected to her mother, who abruptly abandoned the family. Summer’s father responds to their loss by descending into mental illness, haunted by a lifelong burning secret and assisted by a series of letters that he writes to make sense of his feelings. As Summer deals with her father's illness, her brother's indifference, and her own relationships from adolescence to adulthood, she begins to question the role of genetics and whether she is powerless to escape her family's legacy of despair. But when she decides to put off a science career in New York City to take care of her great-aunt Stella, Summer begins to learn that her biography doesn't have to define her-and that her future, like her DNA, belongs to her alone. The novel The Visibles portrays the late 20th and early 21th century because it describes the family life, entertainment, and historic events as they were in the time period. The family life portrayed in the novel was similar to the way it was in its time period. For example, two of the characters’ parents’ had divorces, and the divorce rates in the 1990s were fairly high compared to how they are now (Divorce Rates by State, 1990–2009). The main character, Summer’s life revolved around dealing with the separation of her parents and taking care of her father. She found out her parents were divorcing when her father told her about a letter her mother sent him, informing him that she wanted a divorce. “‘I got a letter from her,’ my father said! ‘Two weeks ago.’ I gaped at him. ‘She mentioned a divorce, though. Said

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