Ordinary People


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Title: Ordinary People

Author: Judith Guest

Genre: Novel; psychological novel; drama

Setting: Lake Forest, a city in suburban Illinois (outside of Chicago), mid 1970s

Protagonists: Conrad Jarrett and Calvin Jarrett

Antagonists: There are no real antagonists in the novel, though Conrad has conflict with a schoolmate named Stillman and Calvin experiences marital problems with his wife, Beth.

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