After the Rain Social Sensitivity

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After the Rain focuses on two diverse groups of people whose lives are complicated by problems stemming from their ages: teen-agers with little experience who yearn for independence and the enfeebled elderly who struggle against relinquishing the independence gained through experience. Both groups are often inadvertently neglected by a middle-aged population absorbed with the responsibilities of providing for the family. Mazer advocates that strong bonds be forged between the old and the young.

Both groups need good listeners who are willing to give without forcing their opinions on others. Young people can benefit from the experience of the elderly, and the older generation benefits from the sense of worth derived from the relationship.

Instead of addressing more dramatic issues such as drugs, crime, poverty, and child abuse, Mazer focuses on universal but not sensational aspects of life. She tends to avoid overt social commentary; for example, the reader...

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