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Sharp Objects: Introduction
Sharp Objects: Plot Summary
Sharp Objects: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Sharp Objects: Themes
Sharp Objects: Quotes
Sharp Objects: Characters
Sharp Objects: Symbols
Sharp Objects: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Gillian Flynn
Historical Context of Sharp Objects
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- Full Title: Sharp Objects
- When Written: Early 2000s
- Where Written: New York City, New York
- When Published: 2006
- Literary Period: Contemporary
- Genre: Mystery, thriller
- Setting: The fictional town of Wind Gap, Missouri
- Climax: Months after the arrest of Camille Preaker’s mother, Adora Crellin, for the murder of two Wind Gap girls (as well as Camille’s long-deceased younger sister Marian), Camille realizes that it is her teenage sister Amma—whom she has brought to live with her in Chicago—who was responsible for the murders all along.
- Antagonist: Adora Crellin, Amma Crellin, Alan Crellin
- Point of View: First-person
Extra Credit for Sharp Objects
As Seen on TV. In 2018, Sharp Objects was adapted into a miniseries by the television network HBO. Starring Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, and newcomer Eliza Scanlen and directed by Jean-Marc Vallée, the series was praised for its lush, Southern Gothic visual sensibility, powerhouse performances, and unforgettable twist ending.
Real-World Experience. Gillian Flynn, whose novels feature mysteries, twists, and grisly crimes, has credited in interviews and profiles her many years of experience as a freelance journalist with helping her to form the basis for her own work. Not only did Flynn’s own reporting allow her to imbue her own work with a “pulled-from-the-headlines” sensibility, but she actually wrote much of Sharp Objects during her tenure at Entertainment Weekly.