Phoenix Rising Themes & Characters

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Phoenix Rising's characters would be completely unremarkable were it not for the tragedy they have to confront.

White, comfortably middle-class, of average intelligence, they are raised above being mere sit-com stereotypes by the pain, reflection, and eventual growth Helen's death forces upon them. Throughout their trials and adjustments, they remain true to their backgrounds and natures. Indeed, it is a mark of Grant's ability that the read' er never doubts he is looking at the world of middle-class California suburbia through believable teen-age eyes.

Jessie is Phoenix Rising's central character and the one most seriously (and dangerously) affected by her sister's death. Not only does her tendency to idealize her dead sister make her feel unattractive and worthless, her feeling that she failed to reach out to Helen and talk to her about her illness makes Jessie shut herself off from others who need her: her mother...

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