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Paula Hawkins

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the-girl-on-the-train-paula-hawkinsRachel, Chapter 7ets be honest: women are still only really valued for two things—their looks and their role as mothers.Sources: The Guardian,, New York Times, NPR Copyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc.Abandoned ClothesSymbolize Rachel's isolation and sense of abandonmentSymbolsCommuter TrainRepresents a sense of movement without directionClosed Windows & DoorsStand for secrets hidden inside suburban houses Hawkins worked as a financial journalist before turning to full-time fiction writing. Imagining the lives of people she saw from the train on her commute, Hawkins envisioned the idea for The Girl on the Train. In just three months after its publication the novel sold nearly 2 million copies.PAULA HAWKINSBORN 1972AuthorEx-spousesFractured MemoriesPeople's experiences make them who they are, so a fractured memory creates an unstable sense of self.Abandonment & IsolationFemale characters suffer from loneliness; they have been abandoned in the past or fear future abandonment.Nothing Is as It SeemsTHEMESRole of WomenWomen are pressured into traditional subservient roles, emotionally dependent on their abusive male partners.Deceit & BetrayalBehind drawn curtains and closed doors, spouses cheat and destroy each other.In suburban London in 2013, Rachel Watson uncovers a murder mystery from the fractured memories of a drunken night. Under the pall of alcoholism and domestic abuse, other voices join Rachels in weaving a suspenseful tale about the dark secrets hidden behind the lie of domestic bliss. Whos telling the truth?Main CharactersSPIES ONSPIES ONDOCTORJEALOUS OFSPOUSESLOVERSEX-SPOUSESSPOUSESDOCTORAnna WatsonSelfish wife and mother; tries to portray a happy family lifeRachel WatsonBlackout drunk; imagines a better life as she commutes to nowhereTom WatsonLiar, cheater, and murdererWoman haunted by a painful past; distracts herself with superficial relationshipsMegan HipwellScott HipwellJealous, violent manDr. Kamal AbdicKind, warmhearted psychotherapistThe Girl on the Trainby the NumbersRomance novels Paula Hawkins wrote under the pen name Amy Silver before writing The Girl on the Train Days between Megan's disappearance and the murderer's admission of guiltPortion of The Girl on the Train sent to publishers to start a bidding war over the manuscriptAge when Hawkins moved to England from Zimbabwe, where she grew up174361/2EnglishOriginal Language2015Year PublishedPaula HawkinsAuthorThe Girl on the TrainMysteryNovel

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