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One True Thing Summary
Anna Quindlen

Everything you need to understand or teach One True Thing by Anna Quindlen.

  • One True Thing Summary & Study Guide
  • 5 Literature Criticism
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  • 30 One True Thing Lessons
  • 20 Activities
  • 180 Multiple Choice Questions
  • 60 Short Essay Questions
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One True Thing Summary

Plot Summary

"One True Thing" is the story of Ellen Gulden and her family in the wake of her mother, Kate Gulden's cancer diagnosis, treatment, and death. At the opening of the story, Kate Gulden is a twenty-four-year-old editor living in New York, who seems to have it all: a great apartment, a great boyfriend, and a great job. She grew up with a very close relationship to her father, George Gulden, a college literature professor who always pushed her to excel in life. George and Ellen have always had an academic bond, speaking about literature in a way that no one else understood, which made Ellen feel superior to the rest of her family, especially her mother. Kate Gulden spent her life as a home maker, dedicating her time to handicrafts and to ensuring that her household was peaceful and nurturing. Ellen always believed that her mother did this...

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The One True Thing Study Pack contains about 80 pages of study material in 8 products, including:

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One True Thing Lesson Plans contain 115 pages of teaching material, including:

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