Brighton Beach Memoirs Study Guide

Brighton Beach Memoirs

Brighton Beach Memoirs by Neil Simon

Brighton Beach Memoirs Book Summary

Set in the Brighton Beach section of Brooklyn, New York in September 1937 during The Great Depression, this coming-of-age comedy focuses on Eugene Morris Jerome, a Polish-Jewish American teenager who experiences puberty, sexual awakening, and a search for identity as he tries to deal with his family, including his older brother Stanley, his parents Kate and Jack, Kate's sister Blanche, and her two daughters, Nora and Laurie, who come to live there after their father's death.

Characters

  • Eugene Morris Jerome, almost 15
  • Blanche Morton, 38: Eugene's widowed aunt
  • Kate Jerome, about 40: Eugene's mother, a strong Jewish matriarch
  • Laurie Morton, 13: Eugene's younger cousin, has heart problems
  • Nora Morton, 16½: Eugene's beautiful older cousin
  • Stanley Jerome, 18½: Eugene's older brother
  • Jacob "Jack" Jerome, about 40: Eugene's father

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