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Five-Dollar Family: Introduction
Five-Dollar Family: Plot Summary
Five-Dollar Family: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Five-Dollar Family: Themes
Five-Dollar Family: Quotes
Five-Dollar Family: Characters
Five-Dollar Family: Symbols
Five-Dollar Family: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Cate Kennedy
Historical Context of Five-Dollar Family
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- Full Title: Five-Dollar Family
- When Published: 2012
- Literary Period: Contemporary
- Genre: Short Story
- Setting: A hospital and supermarket in Australia
- Climax: After struggling to nurse her newborn, Michelle’s breastmilk finally comes in.
- Antagonist: Des
- Point of View: Third Person
Extra Credit for Five-Dollar Family
Jack of All Trades. Cate Kennedy has certainly established a successful career as an author, but she has also reported working as a tutor, waitress, life model, kitchenhand, and theater director. Many of these jobs provided her with source material for both her fiction and nonfiction writing.
Lucky Break. One of the proudest moments of Kennedy’s career was when her short story “Black Ice” was published in the prestigious New Yorker magazine in 2006. She had submitted the same story to Australian journals three or four times and faced rejections each time.