Crimes of the Heart Study Guide

Crimes of the Heart

Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley

Crimes of the Heart Book Summary

The tragicomedy relates the story of the three Magrath sisters, Meg, Babe, and Lenny, who reunite at Old Granddaddy's home in Hazlehurst, Mississippi, after Babe shoots her abusive husband. The sisters were raised in a dysfunctional family with a penchant for ugly predicaments. Each has endured her share of hardship and misery. Past resentments bubble to the surface as the sisters are forced to deal with assorted relatives and past relationships while coping with Babe's latest incident. Each sister is forced to face the consequences of the "crimes of the heart" she has committed.


  • Lenny Magrath, age 30, the oldest sister
  • Chick Boyle, age 29, their first cousin
  • Doc Porter, age 30, Meg's old boyfriend
  • Meg Magrath, age 27, the middle sister
  • Babe Botrelle, age 24, the youngest sister
  • Barnette Lloyd, age 26, Babe's lawyer

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